Following on from the recent Government announcement that all non-essential retailers will be able to reopen in England from 15th June, and a number of other businesses as of 4 July, you must ensure your premises is 'covid secure' in order to start trading.

 

Guidance for re-opening your business

Prior to re-opening you must conduct a risk assessment specific to your business and complete the 'Covid secure' checklist.

It is essential you take the time to read through the following guidance to ensure you are prepared to re-open.

Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership - Support for Hertfordshire Businesses

The Hertfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership has advice and support for local businesses re-opening, diversifying or manufacturing new products during the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Working safely for different work sectors

The Government has produced guidance to working safely during the coronavirus for eight specific work sectors along with five practical steps for business to take and a poster for your use to reassure your customers:

Risk assessments and working safely

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has produced guidance on risk management and for working safely during the coronavirus outbreak.

HSE guidance on risk assessments

HSE short guide on working safely during the coronavirus outbreak

An example template of a COVID-19 risk assessment - Please note this has been produced by HSE of Northern Ireland, the law relating to which businesses can remain open or re-open may differ to England.

Risk assessment template (Word 29kb)

HSE Risk assessment template (PDF 588kb)

Guidance on legionella

Guidance and checklist for re-opening food businesses

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) have produced guidance and a checklist for food businesses re-opening during COVID-19:

Further information on Food Safety during the coronavirus outbreak can be found on our dedicated Coronavirus food safety page