COVID-19: Information & Advice for BID Members

The following business types can reopen from 4 July when they are COVID-19 secure:

  • Hotels, B&B’s, holiday homes and campsites
  • Restaurants, cafes, pubs and bars
  • Cinemas, museums and galleries
  • Hair salons and barbers
  • Libraries and community centres
  • Places of Worship
  • Outdoor playgrounds and gyms
  • Funfairs, theme parks and amusement arcades

One of the key points within the guidance for these sectors is to not only have a suitable COVID-19 Risk Assessment in-place, but to follow the Track and Trace guidance as per below:

  • The opening up of the economy following the COVID-19 outbreak is being supported by NHS Test and Trace. You should assist this service by keeping a temporary record of your customers and visitors for 21 days, in a way that is manageable for your business, and assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed. This could help contain clusters or outbreaks. Many businesses that take bookings already have systems for recording their customers and visitors – including restaurants, hotels, and hair salons. If you do not already do this, you should do so to help fight the virus. We will work with industry and relevant bodies to design this system in line with data protection legislation, and set out details shortly.

Latest Government guidance for businesses can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guidance-to-employers-and-businesses-about-covid-19

HOSPITALITY SECTOR

The Government has now issued comprehensive guidance for the hospitality sector: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery

TVP have also sent us this shortened and simplified version of the guidance which is very interesting and useful to read from a legal perspective: https://www.popall.co.uk/news-publications/news/government-guidance-on-pubs-bars-and-restaurants–some-initial-thoughts

The key points in the Government guidance include:

  • Thinking about risk
  • Keeping your customers & visitors safe
  • Who should go to work
  • Social distancing for workers
  • Cleaning the workplace
  • PPE and face coverings
  • Workforce management
  • Inbound & outbound goods

The Pubs Code Adjudicator have also made this statement on the announcement of pubs reopening: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pubs-code-adjudicator-statement-on-the-announcement-of-pubs-reopening

WBC is seeking interest from businesses regarding the possibility of extending their outside seating trading areas. Please continue to email trafficandroadsafety@westberks.gov.uk to register your interest and raise any specific suggestions that you may have regarding this. Please don’t miss out on this opportunity to hopefully redesign our public spaces and potentially utilise them for our hospitality sector! Read their announcement and details here: https://info.westberks.gov.uk/index.aspx?articleid=37334

CLOSE CONTACT SERVICES

The Government has also issued guidance for people who provide close contact services, including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/close-contact-services

NON-ESSENTIAL SHOPS & BUSINESSES

Updated guidance for non-essential shops and businesses takes into account the best practice demonstrated by the many retailers which have been allowed to remain open and have applied social distancing measures in-store.

Measures that shops should consider include:

  • placing a poster in your windows to demonstrate awareness of the guidance and commitment to safety measures
  • storing returned items for 72 hours before putting them back out on the shop floor
  • placing protective coverings on large items touched by the public such as beds or sofas
  • frequent cleaning of objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, including self-checkouts, trolleys, coffee machines and betting terminals, for example.

The vast majority of businesses will want to do everything possible to protect their staff and customers. Tough powers are in place to enforce action for any that don’t, including fines and jail sentences of up to two years.

For working safely during COVID-19, please open the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

For managing health and safety at the workplace, please read the following guidelines set out by the Health and Safety Executives

https://www.hse.gov.uk/simple-health-safety/risk/index.htm

For guidance on how to clean a non-healthcare setting, please see the link below:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-decontamination-in-non-healthcare-settings

CORONAVIRUS JOB RETENTION SCHEME

From August to October, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme will continue, but with greater flexibility to support the transition back to work. Employers currently using the scheme will be able to bring furloughed employees back part-time and will be asked to start sharing with the Government the costs of paying people’s salaries.

Please click the link below for further information:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/chancellor-extends-furlough-scheme-until-october

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