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Guidance on Businesses Reopening

On 25 May 2020, the government announced the easing of lockdown measures in England, allowing non-essential retail to reopen from 15 June as long as they are COVID-19 secure.  

On the 23 June 2020, the Government announced that from Saturday 4 July 2020, hairdressers, pubs and restaurants will be able to reopen providing they adhere to COVID-19 secure guidelines.  Please find below a Frequently Asked Questions document on the reopening of hairdressing salons that has been prepared following enquiries through the Business Hub.

On the 9th July 2020, the Government announced that from Monday 13th July 2020, close contact services, such as nail bars, salons, tanning booths, spas, massage parlours, tattoo parlours and body piercing studios, can open. Only services that do not involve work in the highest risk zone – directly in front of the face – should be made available to clients.  Please see the link below to the current Government guidance for close contact services and guidance on maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to certain premises to support NHS Track and Trace.

With some exceptions, all shops will be allowed to reopen providing certain conditions are met. It is a legal requirement that all businesses undertake a COVID-19 risk assessment. It is also important that businesses aim to maintain social distancing on their premises of at least 2 metres wherever possible. 

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 again. These include things like new signage, street markings and temporary barriers.   Funding is only available for Blaby Town Centre, although the Council is also keen to support other areas of the district.

Social distancing packs have been made available for retail businesses within Blaby Town Centre to help customers navigate the high street and individual shops whilst keeping a safe distance apart.   Part of the social distancing measures includes a social distancing poster, which can be downloaded below, social distancing floor stickers are also available on request - please complete the contact us form at the bottom of the page to make your request.

We will be providing support to other areas of the district, if you have a retail business within the district and have issues around health and safety measures, please get in touch using the contact us form at the bottom of the page, we maybe able to help or offer advice.

In the first instance you should read the government's guidance on how to make shops and branches Covid secure.

Data Protection Steps for Licensed Premises
Social Distancing Posters
Social Distancing Stickers - contact the Council for the actual stickers
Blaby Town Centre Social Distancing Site Plans

Guidance and information 

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

The government has produced a range of business support information, including how to make your business covid secure and cleaning your workplace safely.

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 

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 

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. 

Last updated 27 August 2020
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