As you may be aware the Government has issued further advice to certain businesses about whether they can now open or should remain closed. This was accompanied by the introduction of new legislation which continues to restrict certain businesses from opening and to do so would be a criminal offence.
These regulations are made in response to the serious and imminent threat to public health which is posed by the incidence and spread of Coronavirus in England. All non-essential premises must close - takeaway and delivery services may continue subject to guidance below.
Prepare your business for the end of lockdown
As the lockdown restrictions are eased, businesses across the district have been getting themselves ready for a return to trading.
You can check to see if your business is allowed to open on the government's website.
Government has also published guidance on how to work safely during the pandemic, including what you need to do to make your workplace 'coronavirus secure'.
If you run a food business, the Food Standards Agency has published specific advice to help you reopen.
If you run a hospitality business, you must collect, and retain, contact details for all customers who come onto your premises. This is necessary to support the national test and trace system. The government has published detailed guidance to help you.
You, your landlord or building management company should follow Water UK's guidance on how to restore the drinking water system to ensure the supply is safe from Legionella and Legionnaire's disease.
The Health and Safety at Work Act means you are obliged to take reasonable steps to ensure the health and safety of your employees, customers and visitors. Coronavirus is a risk to health that must be managed in order to comply with the law.
Before reopening you must ensure the safety of your premises by following these five steps:
- carry out a coronavirus (Covid-19) risk assessment in line with HSE guidance by consulting with your workers
- develop cleaning, hand washing and hygiene procedures
- take all reasonable steps to help people work from home
- take all reasonable steps to maintain two metre social distancing where possible
- where people cannot be two metres apart, do everything you can to manage risk
When you have completed these steps you should display a notice in your premises to show you have followed all the guidance.
In addition to the published guidance issued by government and advice from the various agencies, we've created some sector specific guidance for Tattooists and Other Registerable Activities and Hairdressers and Beauty Salons. These are to help this business sector with re-opening and operating a COVID safe business.
Back to business packs have been distributed to independent businesses across the district. Some of these resources are available to download. Click here for our Reopening Toolkit.