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Is your business ready to open on 15 June?

Last Modified June 04, 2020
 

We are working to issue advice and support to get the borough’s non-essential businesses ready to open safely, following the government’s announcement that retail stores and branches can reopen from Monday 15 June.

As we move towards the next phase of recovery, retail businesses have a few weeks to prepare their stores and ensure they are safe for staff and equipped to serve customers safely.

Business owners must carry out a risk assessment and put in place safe measures to manage the risk from COVID-19 prior to re-opening.

Cllr Seamus Quilty, Portfolio Holder for Environment, said: “For everyone emerging from the lockdown it is going to be a learning process. As things unfold, we will all need to change our processes; our shopping and town centres are no different.

“We are trying to provide as much advice and guidance as we can to support local business owners to ensure they understand and can implement safe social distancing, hygiene and other measures to protect our residents, visitors and businesses.

“We all need to play our part and follow the guidelines, as well as consider carefully and plan our shopping to ensure our safety and the safety of others.”

Information and advice including links to government guidance to working safely during the coronavirus outbreak for specific work sectors, risk assessments, guidance and checklists is available here.

You can also visit the UK Government’s website for guidance on shops and branches: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/shops-and-branches and five steps to working safely:  https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/5-steps-to-working-safely.

Posted on Wednesday 3rd June 2020
 

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