Guidance on Businesses Reopening

This guidance details the steps to reopen businesses and venues in England.

Step 4 - Monday 19 July

The Government have decided to remove most of the laws introduced to minimise the spread of COVID-19. All remaining closed businesses and venues such as nightclubs and adult entertainment venues will be able to reopen. This also means:

  • All capacity limits at sporting, entertainment or business events will be lifted
  • Hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and bars will no longer be required to provide table service or follow other social distancing rules
  • People no longer need to work from home, but the Government recommend a gradual return to workplaces over summer

All businesses should follow the rules set out in the Working Safely Guidance in the link panel below. The main priority areas for shops to focus on involve: 

  • Completing a health and safety risk assessment for the store
  • Providing adequate ventilation
  • Cleaning surfaces more often
  • Turning away customers or colleagues that display Covid-19 symptoms
  • Enabling people to check in using a Test and Trace QR code
  • Communicating your procedures to colleagues and customers

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 resume trading. Funding is only available to for Blaby Town Centre, although the Council is also keen to support other areas of the district. Contact us through the contact form at the bottom of the page for more information.

Please find social distancing, face covering and social distancing posters in the downloads section for you to use. Contact us for stickers to use. 

Guidance and information 

The Government and other organisations have created comprehensive guidance for businesses and employers as restrictions continue to lift. We’ve linked the information we think will be most helpful for businesses in the links panel below. 

Support for businesses 

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

  • Funding and support 
  • Sector support 
  • Your responsibilities as an employer 
  • Staff wellbeing 

Face Coverings

The wearing of face coverings will no longer be a legal requirement, but guidelines recommend that people should still be cautious and wear a face covering in crowded places.

We have provided posters below for you to use in your premises to encourage customers, volunteers and staff to follow. 

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. 

Venue check-in

Businesses are encouraged to continue displaying QR codes for customers wishing to check in using the NHS Covid-19 app, or continue collecting customer contact details to support NHS Test and Trace, however this will no longer be a legal requirement.

There is guidance available to download below. 

Last updated 16 July 2021
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