Trafford Council has issued guidance to businesses that are able to reopen and the implications for staff returning to work after the government eased some of the coronavirus lockdown rules.
- Where people can work from home, the guidance has not changed and they should continue to work from home wherever possible.
- Where people cannot work from home, they should return to work. However this does not apply to businesses that are currently not permitted to operate, and those businesses that were restricted from opening at the end of March must remain closed. This includes non-essential retail, restaurants, pubs, gyms, leisure centres, hairdressers and other beauty businesses.
- The government has indicated that non-essential retail will not be able to open until 1st June at the earliest, and remaining businesses until 4th July at the earliest.
- Essential retail such as supermarkets and takeaways can continue to operate, along with tradespeople, transportation, construction and manufacturing. Garden centres are also now able to open. Full details can be found on the .GOV website.
- Where businesses are permitted to open, the government has produced guidance to help ensure workplaces are as safe as possible. Businesses should follow this guidance and complete a risk assessment before opening.
Read more about working safely during coronavirus.
Trafford Council’s Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Licensing Officers are continuing to monitor business activity in the borough to ensure it is in line with government guidelines, and are on hand to assist businesses as they move to reopen.
Cllr Mike Freeman, Executive Member for Public Safety, Governance and Reform, said:
The Council is here to support businesses to reopen or modify their trading in as safe a way as possible for their staff and customers.
Any businesses with questions or concerns should contact our Environmental Health, Trading Standards and Licensing teams, who will be very happy to help.”
Any businesses requiring guidance on restrictions and advice about reopening should email firstname.lastname@example.org
Any concerns about businesses that should not be operating or are not following social distancing guidelines should be emailed to email@example.com
The Health and Safety Executive will enforce social distancing measures in premises under their health and safety enforcement, such as building sites, manufacturers etc. and can be emailed on firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted on Thursday 14th May 2020