Online council meetings
Following the successful Executive meeting earlier this month, more public council meetings will now take place online. This is our ‘new normal’ way of working and making decisions in public. These meetings will be delivered through Teams events which are open to councillors, the press and members of the public to observe.
A lot of background work has been taking place to enable us to get to this stage, including making sure the meetings are delivered in a way that fits with governance and legal requirements.
More and more non-essential businesses have been reopening and employees are returning to their workplaces. Our Environmental Health team will be working with businesses, using their knowledge and expertise, to help them comply with government guidance and new safety requirements in a rapidly changing landscape.
Where local authorities are the regulator, Environmental Health can investigate concerns raised about businesses not complying with social distancing and other measures to keep their workplace safe. We have powers under Health and Safety legislation to ensure that businesses comply with the government’s guidance on managing the risk of Covid-19 and that their workplaces are Covid-19 secure.
This is just one of the ways we’re working to help protect the local workforce and keep everybody safe.
High Street changes
Non-essential shops have now started reopening across Selby, Tadcaster and Sherburn.
We’ve supported the reopening by offering free business support packs, which include social distancing posters and stickers to help high street businesses reopen safely.
This is part of our work with local businesses to support the local economy. A number of changes have already been made to our town centres, including barriers and cones on roads to widen the footpaths to help shoppers keep 2 metres apart. Some roads and parking bays have also been temporarily closed.
We’re now developing much wider plans to support our town centres and encourage people back. We’ll have more details over the coming weeks.