We are very disappointed for all the non-essential retailers who thought that they might be able to open on June 1st, but providing the number of new cases etc continues to decline then people will surely feel safer to venture out and go shopping on June 15th than they will on June 1st. There are also rumours that the food and drink sector may be able to open sooner than feared and that would be very good news. We will continue to keep our ears to the ground...
Please find the full and updated PDF version of the guidance linked below. It has been updated on 25th May to reflect industry feedback and to expand the coverage of non-essential retail categories ahead of any planned opening.
Working safely during COVID-19 in shops and branches (pdf)
The Government recommends that you display the below attached poster in your workplace to show you have followed the guidance.
More information on this topic can be found at the .gov website, via this link.
Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020 (pdf)
Thanks to all those businesses who have taken up this kind offer from AM Signs on Stockwell Head. There are still a few left so please let me know if you want a couple by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. They are 300mm round stickers, and AM Signs have even offered to fit them for you if you wish.
If you are regarded as an essential business that can re-open before June 15th, hopefully we have you listed on this page of our website.
If you are not shown there, please let us know as soon as possible.
For businesses concerned that their air-conditioning may spread any virus, please see the below HSE guidance:
The risk of air conditioning spreading coronavirus is extremely low.
If you use a centralised ventilation system that removes and circulates air to different rooms, it is recommended that you turn off recirculation and use a fresh air supply.
You do not need to adjust other types of air conditioning systems.
If you’re unsure, speak to your heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) engineers or advisers.
Good ventilation is encouraged to help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus.
For regular updates on coronavirus visit the HSE website.