Health and Safety Executive

Legionella risks during the coronavirus outbreak

Legionella risks because of water stagnation during the coronavirus outbreak

Building closure or reduced occupancy can increase the risks of Legionnaires’ disease.

Employers, the self-employed and people in control of premises, such as landlords, have a duty to identify and control risks associated with legionella.

If your building was closed or has reduced occupancy during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, water system stagnation can occur due to lack of use, increasing the risks of Legionnaires’ disease. This may particularly affect:

For detailed guidance on Legionella and safer working during the coronavirus outbreak visit the HSE website.