An online pack has been developed to help businesses, when national guidance allows, to re-open safely and reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading.
The pack, which can be found at www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/SPBusinessPack has been developed by West Suffolk Council as part of its Creating Safer Places work to help the local economy and reduce infection rates.
Businesses and organisations have a responsibility to make sure they put in hygiene and health measures, such as social distancing, so that people can shop or work safely.
The pack includes the latest national guidance for businesses to follow as well as signs to download or copy and wording they can use in their premises. The pack will evolve as guidance changes.
But everyone has to play their part for the measures to work and it is the responsibility of everyone to stick with national guidance on social distancing.
Wider plans have been formed to create safer West Suffolk places for businesses to open and people to use to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and help the local economy recover.
These plans are in response to the government announcement of a phased easing of rules around businesses and retail shops opening this month.
The new measures and guidance are to help businesses make the changes they need to so they can open safely but also reduce pinch points and aid the ability to social distance. Changes are being made to some paths and roads to ensure that people can walk around safely with the space they need as they visit our town centres.
The initial plans have been drawn up by West Suffolk Council, in consultation with local business groups as well as town and parish councils and can be found at www.westsuffolk.gov.uk/saferplaces
The suggested initiatives will evolve over time or will need changing to reflect how effective they are being and how people are following the new measures.
The local Business Improvement Districts are also being proactive in helping local companies and traders.
John Griffiths, leader of West Suffolk Council, said: “We all want to see businesses re-open and people able to enjoy more freedoms but this must be done safely to avoid undoing the great work almost everyone has done to reduce the spread of COVID-19. That is why we have developed this pack which will evolve as guidance changes. If you run a business, please have a look at what is expected of you and what help is available. Our local BIDs (Business Improvement Districts), business representatives, town and parish councils, have all been playing their part with us to help make our reopening businesses and towns safer. Safety of course remains the main focus and keeping socially distanced is our first line of defence. While It is the responsibility of businesses to make sure they have appropriate measures in place, we must all do our bit to keep following guidance to stop the spread of infection.
“I much look forward to seeing more of our local businesses opening again, and trading safely and successfully. Please support them as they do.”