We are asking businesses to support these new guidelines wherever possible to help Oldham avoid a second lockdown.
You can support these efforts by doing all you can to protect employees and customers on your business premises and following the Government guidance on re-opening safely.
This includes carrying out a risk assessment and making sensible adjustments to the site and workforce.
If you do not carry out a risk assessment, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or Oldham Council can issue an enforcement notice.
- Reopen your business safely during coronavirus - gov.uk website
Test and Trace
Test and Trace is designed to support business and economic recovery and we are encouraging businesses across the borough to ensure they are maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors.
By implementing Test and Trace you can help to stop the spread of the virus, protect your staff and customers and reduce the potential for the virus to have a negative impact on your business.
There is a higher risk of transmitting COVID-19 in premises where customers and visitors spend a longer time close together in one place and potentially come into close contact with other people outside of their household.
The following businesses should therefore maintain records:
- hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés
- tourism and leisure, including hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks
- close contact services, including hairdressers, barbershops and tailors
Detailed guidance – including what information you need to collect – is on the gov.uk website:
Members of the public must now wear face coverings in enclosed public spaces.
- shops and supermarkets
- Banks and building societies
- post offices
When buying food and drink to take away from cafes and shops (if dining in, customers can remove their face covering in order to eat and drink on-site)
Anyone who doesn’t abide by the regulations – and is not exempt under one of the categories set out in the regulations – could face a fine by the police of up to £100, as is currently the case on public transport.
Please encourage your customers to wear face coverings unless exempt.
- Face coverings: when to wear one and how to make your own - gov.uk website