Non-essential businesses can reopen from 15 June, as long as they have completed a risk assessment and have taken the necessary steps to become COVID-19 secure, in line with the current Health and Safety legislation.
It’s important that businesses, residents and visitors feel safe as the changes come in, so Ryedale District Council has created an ‘operating your premises safely’ guide for retail businesses opening after COVID closure.
The guide, prepared by the district council’s environmental health team details the necessary steps to keep employees, and members of the public, as safe as possible. The aim is to help retail business owners understand their responsibilities, and plan for safe reopening and operation at this difficult time.
It offers a practical framework of what businesses need to consider before opening and top tips for operating as a COVID-19 safe business. It includes signposts to official government guidance and practical measures that businesses should adopt for inside and outside their premises.
Cllr Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council, said:
“Businesses are telling us that they need help to understand what’s expected of them ahead of reopening, so we’re pleased to be able to offer them this handy guide. Reopening Ryedale for business is something that has to be done right, in order to protect one another.
"I’d encourage businesses to download a copy of the guide, which offers useful information in terms of what they should be thinking about and putting into place, ready for reopening their doors. Stay safe, shop local."
The guide is another way in which the district council has been supporting businesses to reopen safely during COVID-19. Over 200 ‘Back to business’ packs have been sent out across the district to help businesses reinforce their new ways of operating. Pavement stencilling is being placed in areas of heavy footfall, marking out 2m safe distances. The stencilling is in environmentally-friendly chalk. Plus, posters are on display in market towns to remind people to ‘protect each other, protect Ryedale’ by respecting social distancing.
The Government has proposed that non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, can reopen from 15 June, if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines.
The ‘operating your premises safely’ guide can be downloaded by going to: https://www.ryedale.gov.uk/business/coronavirus-business-support.html