Last Night (Monday 25th May), the Prime Minister announced that non-essential retail can re-open from next month with some changes to the initial timescales indicated – so please take note of the updated Government Guidance. Some businesses may have been planning to re-open on 1st June . This is not allowable now unless you are a car showroom, ourdoor market or are already included in the previous list of allowable businesses to remain open. Key details to note:
- Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers. As with garden centres, the risk of transmission of the virus is lower in these outdoor and more open spaces. Car showrooms often have significant outdoor space and it is generally easier to apply social distancing.
- All other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, will be expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines, giving them three weeks to prepare.
- Businesses will only be able to open from these dates 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.
Government has updated their guidance for shops and businesses to assist you with making your business ‘COVID-19 secure’ . See this link for the latest Guidance. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/shops-and-branches
Guidance for other types of workplace can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19
Hairdressers, nail bars and beauty salons, and the hospitality sector, remain closed, because the risk of transmission in these environments is higher where long periods of person to person contact is required. It is hoped these sectors will be able to re-open sometime in July – but we will await Government guidance and reassurance that the Government’s five tests are still being met.
There is a Free webinar, hosted by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy that you can register for:
Thursday 28 May, 11am: Shops and branches – Guidance for people who run shops, branches, stores or similar environments. Full details of up and coming Government webinars can be found here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/department-for-business-energy-and-industrial-strategy-18685150848
Social Distancing Floor Stickers & Posters
Colne BID has ordered a large quantity of Social Distancing Floor stickers size 300mm diameter, suitable for internal hard floors. We are providing these Free of charge to Colne BID businesses (on a first come first served basis – with limits per business). Please e-mail Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org to order yours.
We are currently designing A3 posters for BID businesses which reinforce social distancing and safety messages and provide you with space to indicate your maximum capacity for your premises. They will be arriving with us shortly. If you haven’t already told me you would like one (or more) please let me know.
On Behalf of Colne BID, if you have any other suggestions please let us know. Stay safe and look after each other with the amazing Community Spirit that Colne has. We are here to support you during this extremely difficult and unprecedented time.