Latest COVID-Secure guidance for businesses
Following the government announcement on Wednesday 9th September, there are several new pieces of key information that will affect businesses, some of which will come into force from next week.
Groups of no more than 6
From Monday 14th September, people must not meet with others socially in groups of more than 6. This will apply indoors and outdoors, including in private homes. From Monday, this limit will be enforceable in law.
Restaurants and hospitality venues, can still host larger numbers in total but groups of up to 6 must not mix or form larger groups.
This rule will not apply to individual households or support bubbles of more than 6, who will still be able to gather together.
Track and Trace Data Collection UPDATE
From Friday 18th September it will be mandatory for certain businesses to to have a system in place to to collect NHS Test and Trace data, and keep this for 21 days.
Businesses must do their part to help reduce the spread of the virus by implementing a process to obtain and store securely, the details of customers, staff and other visitors for Contact Tracing purposes.
Why not implement this in your businesses now, before it becomes mandatory?
For more details on how your business can do this, please lick ‘Open for Business’ below.
General Advice: following the government press conference – Wednesday 9th September
In reaction to the increasing number of confirmed Covid-19 cases both locally and nationally, ALL businesses should at this time;
- Review and control the total number of people in your premises and ensure social distancing is maintained;
- Maintain adequate track and trace information (not just customers, but staff and other visitors);
- Provide adequate hygiene within premises – hand sanitising points for staff and customers and extra cleaning;
- Implement measures to minimise physical contact – table service, use of apps, pre-booking of customers, contactless payments;
- Ensure staff who are ill or have been in contact with people who are ill, stay at home and get tested;
Please visit the Council’s ‘Open for Business’ webpage for more details.
Priority Actions for some businesses
Businesses from the following list have seen updates to their official government guidance for operating Covid-securely:
In order to assist businesses, the government has published a simplified list of ‘Priority Actions’ for all the above settings and these actions are in addition to the previously published guidance packs.
If your business has not reviewed their respective guidance for remaining open COVID-Securely since the 8th September, there a number of amendments your business must now read.
There are also further actions that some of those businesses must implement in anticipation of law changes, including mandatory Test and Trace data collection.
You can access the latest guidance packs with updates and Priority Actions, via the link below and selecting your businesses type.
Business Recovery Survey
The Council urgently requires feedback to better understand the needs of the business community in terms of commercial recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
A huge thanks to all those that have taken time to complete the survey – But we also need much more to help inform our plans!
If you haven’t yet, please help us by completing the short online version of the survey, so we can get your views in as quickly as possible.
Businesses are also urged to share the link to the survey – www.broxtowe.gov.uk/BusinessRecovery
to ensure the entire business community’s voice is heard.
Town Centre Information Officers
Janice and Zahid continue to work hard to help local businesses reopen safely. They have assisted businesses implement strict health and safety measures and keep customers safe whilst using their services.
Measures they have helped businesses introduce since June include:
- Maximum capacity in premises (to give customers plenty of space)
- Mandatory face coverings worn by staff (including help with supplies)
- Leave space, face covering and clean hands reminder posters in shop windows
- Hand sanitiser and hand washing facilities (where possible)
- Track and trace processes
- General advice and guidance
Businesses can arrange appointments directly to see either Town Centre Information Officer to discuss trading COVID-securely by emailing:
Zahid.Javed@broxtowe.gov.uk – For Beeston Businesses
Janice.Owen@broxtowe.gov.uk – For Eastwood, Kimberley and Stapleford Businesses
Alternative give either Janice or Zahid a wave when you see them in town, to beckon them into your shop!
Council Services During Coronavirus
The Council is sharing regular updates about affected Council services at https://www.broxtowe.gov.uk/coronavirus
You can also get updates on our social media accounts.