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Barclays Bank – Market Place

We are advised that Barclays is definitely re-opening although the date has not been confirmed. Staff shortages due to shielding is the reason why it's currently closed.

Updated advice on Face Masks and Coverings

Following the mandatory requirement for customers to wear these within ‘shops’ a number of BID members have asked to clarify exactly where else these need to be worn.

Official Government Guidance is as follows:

  • Face coverings must be worn in additional enclosed public spaces from 24 July in England, as the government takes further steps to help curb the spread of the virus. As well as shops and supermarkets, face coverings must be worn in banks, building societies and post offices.
  • Under the new regulations laid yesterday (23 July), members of the public will need to wear face coverings – for example, a fabric covering, scarf or bandana – that covers the nose and mouth in additional enclosed public spaces, as well as frequent hand washing and careful social distancing.
  • It will be compulsory to wear a face covering when buying food and drink to take away from cafes and shops. If you are in a premises where you are able to sit down and consume food or drink that you have bought, then you can remove your face covering in order to eat and drink on-site.

Face coverings will not be mandatory for:

  • Anyone under the age of 11.
  • Those with disabilities or certain health conditions, such as respiratory or cognitive impairments that make it difficult for them to wear a face covering.

Anyone who doesn’t abide by the regulations – and is not exempt under one of the categories set out in the regulations – could face a fine by the police of up to £100, as is currently the case on public transport.

Full details of the announcement can be found here.

Updated guidance on face coverings - including how to make your own - can be found here

TEST and TRACE Services in the Workplace

The guidance on the NHS Test & Trace service for employers, businesses and workers has been updated this week. The update includes redrafting for clarity, a new section on collecting customer and visitor data for NHS Test & Trace has been added and additional information on if a worker develops symptoms and orders a test.

The updated guidance can be found here.

Assets for Test & Trace can be found here.

ZOOM Meeting with Dr Luke Evans – MP for Hinckley and Bosworth

Thursday July 30th at 4pm.

Luke has asked me to arrange a 1 hour ZOOM meeting to enable HTCP/BID key businesses to ask him any questions and/or update him with any concerns. Luke is keen to understand how Hinckley businesses are progressing, and if he can help with, or take back to Government any suggestions or issues.

We have already selected a group of key business owners/managers from around the town who have agreed to take part, but If you have not received an invite and would like to attend, please contact

If you are unable to attend, but would like Steve to ask a question on your behalf, please also contact Steve with details.

Please stay safe and well and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask.

The Hinckley BID Team