The UK Government announced on Monday 25 May 2020, a roadmap for reopening a broader range of shops. From 1 June 2020, outdoor markets have been allowed to reopen, subject to all premises being made COVID-secure, as well as car showrooms, which often have significant outdoor space and where it is generally easier to apply social distancing.
From 15 June 2020, UK Government intends to allow all other retailers, ranging from shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, if the Government's five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines. You can read the full statement here.
It is likely that some public spaces and shopping centres will be heavily populated once the public is allowed to resume their usual shopping routines. Social distancing is still necessary to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 consequently updated guidance for the retail sector has been published alongside this announcement, detailing the measures retailers should take to meet the necessary social distancing and hygiene standards. You can find the guidance here.
There will be some who are taking this opportunity to start a new business or to change an existing business for example, by extending the hours of operation, changing premises or switching to a completely different trade. In these circumstances the District Council is keen to help. If you are concerned about any planning, licensing, hygiene or safety requirements which you may need to satisfy please let us know by completing the online form so that you can be contacted by the appropriate expert. We want to prioritise support for business and for this reason your enquiry will be responded to within 1 working day.
Below you will find links to useful information available on what you need to know before you open your business:
Health & Safety Executive (HSE):
Working safely during the coronavirus outbreak – a short guide and links to industry specific advice
Talking with your workers about working safely during the coronavirus
The Food Standards Agency (FSA)
A checklist to support food businesses to reopen safely during COVID-19 after a period of inaction
Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH)
Resources relating to COVID-19 including downloadable signage links, safe shopping guides, food delivery
Warwickshire County Council
Return to retail - advice to businesses
Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Top tips for re-opening your business
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