With the COVID-19 lockdown lifting in set stages, it’s important that businesses, citizens and visitors feel safe with the proposed changes. Ryedale District Council has created a ‘back to business pack’ which includes posters and floor stickers reminding people to respect social distancing. The packs are for those businesses already open, or allowed to open in June and includes:
- A poster showing the maximum amount of customers allowed in the premises
- A poster reminding customers to stay 2m apart
- A poster for stores who prefer contactless payments
- A poster reminding citizens and visitors to sanitize/wash their hands
- A poster with four key ways we can ‘protect each other, protect Ryedale’
- A ‘queue here’ floor sticker
- A floor sticker to remind people to stay 2m apart
- Footprint floor stickers to mark out 2m distances
Cllr Keane Duncan, Leader of Ryedale District Council, said:
“As more and more businesses are allowed to re-open their doors, it’s vital that everyone respects the rules on social distancing, for the sake of our residents and our communities as a whole. We each have a social responsibility to respect social distancing. It keeps our communities safe, will help ease the Government’s lockdown measures and lead us towards economic recovery.
“Businesses are telling us that they need help to properly prepare for re-opening and to ensure that they, citizens and visitors feel safe with the lifting of some of the COVID-19 restrictions. The packs our teams have prepared support our businesses by reinforcing how they will now operate. Plus, they present a consistent message across the district - reminding people of their need to stay safe, protect each other and protect Ryedale.”
Posters will be put up in town centre car parks stating the four key ways to ‘protect each other, protect Ryedale’. The district council’s public toilets will have posters on display, reminding people to wash their hands and observe social distancing. Pavement stencilling is also being placed in areas of heavy footfall, marking out 2m safe distances. The stencilling is in environmentally-friendly chalk.
Initially 150 packs will be offered for free on a first-come, first-served basis to businesses already open, or for those allowed to open on 1 and 15 June, in line with the Government’s recommendations. Packs are limited to one per eligible business. If more than 150 businesses take up the offer of the ‘back to business pack’, then Ryedale District Council will make more available to eligible businesses. Order your pack: https://www.ryedale.gov.uk/business/1855-coronavirus-order-business-pack.html
The Government has proposed that the following businesses can open at the dates below, once 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:
- Outdoor marketsand car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers.
- All other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, can reopen from15 June, if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines.
Full details of the Government’s announcement: https://bit.ly/RetailTimeline.