Trafford Council's specialist support to help shops re-open

Trafford Council is providing specialist support to borough retailers planning to open their doors in line with Government guidance on June 15.

The Government has announced that all shops and ordinary retailers will be permitted to re-open from this date provided they comply with social distancing rules.

The Council has produced a special guide for traders on where to find the right help and assistance to aid safe re-opening covering a series of areas including managing risk, staff training and cleanliness.

An interactive map of the borough which allows residents to make suggestions for practical measures that could be implemented to make our streets and pavements more Covid19-friendly has also been produced by Trafford Council. The map, which is available from Wednesday 10 June, will allow the public to make comments on particular streets and town centres across the borough. The project IS receiving funding from the European Regional Development Fund. (ERDF)

Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s Executive member for Housing and Regeneration, said:

We want to see our shops and High Streets back up and running as soon as they can – but the best way to a prosperous future is for shops to re-open safely with all of the right measures in place. This will give customers the security and confidence to return to all the great businesses we have on our doorsteps.

With this in mind the Council has taken action by producing a short guide to help retailers find the information they need as well as an interactive map of the borough which can be used to make suggestions and comments on a particular road or town centre.”

Guidance is available on the Council’s website and also provides advice on safe takeaway operation within the Hospitality sector, which for the time being remains closed.

Updates on how to access financial support including the government furlough scheme, business rates grants, discretionary grants for small businesses and bounce back loans have been provided in regular e-bulletins to businesses from the Strategic Growth Team. Full details of the range of financial support available can be found on the Council website.

Businesses with queries about reopening should contact the Council’s Environmental Health team on or call the national Health & Safety Executive helpline on 0300 790 6787 – with lines open Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 8pm.

Posted on Wednesday 10th June 2020