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