From Saturday 4 July, the Prime Minister has announced that:
- Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines – updated guidance for all workplace settings can be found here: https://bit.ly/sectorsocialdist
- Two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures – updated guidance on social distancing can be found here: https://bit.ly/SDUpdated
- People can now enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites – guidance on opening up the visitor economy can also be found here: https://bit.ly/sectorsocialdist
- In order to begin restoring the arts and cultural sector, some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres – guidance on opening up the visitor economy can also be found here: https://bit.ly/sectorsocialdist
Yesterday evening (Mon 25th May) the Prime Minister set out a timeline for retail businesses to re-open from 1st June and further guidance has been published for how to operate safely to protect staff and customers.
It is important to note:
Businesses will only be able to open from this date once they have completed a Risk Assessment, in consultation with trade union representatives or workers, and are confident they are managing the risks. They must have taken the necessary steps to become COVID-19 secure in line with the current Health and Safety legislation.
Once the Risk Assessment has been completed and provisions put in place, you are then able to open and display the ‘Staying Covid-19 Secure‘ poster in your workplace. We will also be providing a copy of this poster within your Business Support Packs in case you haven’t got access to a printer or you haven’t yet managed to print it out.
If a Health & Safety Officer decides to do spot check visits you will be required to show that you have completed your Risk Assessment and that you are showing your poster as confirmation.
We are committed to ensuring that you have all the information you need to help you to re-open in a way which will keep you, your staff and your customers safe.
Please share this information with your retail neighbours, friends and colleagues to ensure that Otley’s shops open in the correct way to help keep our town safe and get back to a ‘new normal’. Unfortunately, we don’t yet have contact details of every single business owner in Otley, so if you know someone who isn’t currently receiving our emails, please ask them to get in touch either on email to firstname.lastname@example.org, or via our social media platforms (Facebook or Twitter).
If you need any further information, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our utmost to help.
Rachelle Atkin – Otley BID Champion
Otley Business Improvement District Ltd