Coronavirus COVID-19: Latest updates

Many council services are reduced or disrupted. Check our coronavirus page for the most up-to-date information. Read the latest and sign up for updates.

Guidance for businesses that are reopening

Businesses that can reopen must be COVID-19 secure to protect employees and customers. Check what you need to do to keep people safe.

What we’re doing 

The council has been allocated funding through the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund to implement practical safety measures to help businesses to start trading again. These include things like new signage, street markings and temporary barriers. 

We've given out over 1,000 Shop safe collateral packs to retail businesses. These contain things like floor graphics, queueing tape and stickers to help shops keep customers safe and we've produced a guide for businesses about how to use the items in their Shop safe packs and where to find help and support.

Stay safe on the high street

We must all now wear a face covering in shops and other locations by law, unless we’re exempt. Soon you’ll start to see visual reminders of the main COVID-19 safety messages in our town centres, including the face covering message. Find out when you need to wear a face covering

Guidance and information 

The government and other organisations have created comprehensive guidance for businesses and employess as restrictions begin to be lifted. We’ve listed the information we think will be most helpful for businesses. 

Support for businesses 

The coronavirus business support information for all types of businesses in one place. It covers: 

  • funding and support 
  • self-employed people and sole traders 
  • your responsibilities as an employer 
  • what businesses should be closed 

Managing risks at work 

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published guidance to help you work safely and manage the current risks associated with running your business. It covers how to: 

  • protect people from coronavirus in your workplace 
  • talk to your workers about working safely 
  • carry out a risk assessment including a risk assessment template 

Guidance about using public transport 

The coronavirus transport and travel guidance is government guidance for people using or working in the transport sector.  

The Mayor of London has set out a Streetspace plan to make London’s roads easier for people to maintain social distancing and safer for walking and cycling. Read about what we’re doing to improve streets and maintain social distancing.  

Test and Trace workplace guidance  

The NHS has published workplace guidance about the test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers

There’s also guidance about the COVID-19 tests and testing kits for patients, the public and professional users

Other sources of coronavirus support for businesses 

GOV.UK has published a helpful list of coronavirus support for business from outside government. We’ve also included some more:  

Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) 

All CIEH resources relating to coronavirus - including guidance for food and takeaway businesses 

Food Standards Agency 

Reopening and adapting your food business COVID-19 

British Retail Consortium (BRC) 

BRC Coronavirus Hub  

Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers (Usdaw) 

Coronavirus advice for Usdaw members 

Association of Convenience Stores (ACS) 

Resources for retailers 

Business Companion 

Impartial, government-backed information and guidance