Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For the latest information please visit our coronavirus pages

Supporting our local businesses

Pages in Supporting our local businesses

  1. 1. Supporting our local businesses
  2. 2. Business rates
  3. 3. Grants and loans for businesses
  4. 4. Support for the self-employed
  5. 5. Guidance for food businesses
  6. 6. You are here: Operating safely during Covid-19

6. Operating safely during Covid-19

The Government is regularly updating its Working Safely during coronavirus guidance for businesses. There are currently 14 guides covering a range of different types of work - you may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. 

From 4 January, we are currently in a National Lockdown. This means that non-essential and hospitality businesses must remain closed. We will continue to update these pages as we review the guidance.

Information about the lockdown and how they apply in different settings:

Test & Trace for businesses

The Government has published guidance explaining how employers and businesses can support NHS Test and Trace and play their part to slow the spread of the virus, protect the health and care system and save lives.

Need further support or have concerns?

Our Environmental Health team can provide advice and support with understanding the new Government guidelines, as part of our health and safety at work function, in business premises where we are the enforcing authority. This includes:

  • offices
  • shops
  • retail and wholesale distribution centres
  • leisure
  • cultural
  • hotels
  • catering premises
  • hair, beauty and skin piercing premises.

Other types of work activity or premises are regulated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). 

If you have concerns about how Coronavirus control measures are being applied in a business where we are the enforcing authority, you can also report these to our Environmental Health team who will investigate and if necessary can enforce the requirements.

Contact the Environmental Health team on 01737 276 417 or email [email protected].

The Council is unable to assist with coronavirus issues relating to individuals, such as a customer not wearing a face covering or the restrictions on individuals’ movements or gatherings, as we do not have enforcement powers relating to individuals.