Guide East Devon business coronavirus update - 25 June 2020

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1. Introduction

East Devon District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economy, Asset Management and Regeneration, Councillor Paul Hayward, introduces this week’s business update:

"With the easing of coronavirus restrictions from 4 July 2020, we are delighted more of East Devon’s businesses will be able to open as long as they follow the secure guidelines. This is great news for local people, jobs and our local economy.

We want to make sure staff and visitors stay safe in this next phase. As part of this, businesses will be asked to help NHS Test and Trace respond to any local outbreaks by collecting contact details from customers.  Bars and restaurants are encouraged to check licensing guidance. Self-contained accommodation, including hotels and bed & breakfasts, as well as campsites will be able to open as long as shared facilities are kept clean (see help for businesses below). Most leisure facilities and tourist attractions will be allowed to reopen if they can do so safely, including outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades as well as libraries, social clubs and community centres. Please check the list of businesses which will be able to reopen and those that must remain closed.

The District Council is hopeful that further Government guidance will be issued in the weeks ahead to offer much-needed support, guidance and reassurance to those “restricted” businesses who may feel that they are being unfairly excluded from relaxations on re-opening of the wider economy. It is essential that all customer-facing businesses are able to resume their activities as soon as the evidence supports the safe and secure engagement with their clientele.  The Virus has not yet gone away; we must all play our part in minimising the risks, protecting the vulnerable whilst supporting our local economy by shopping locally wherever we can. The District Council is here to serve you all; however we can, whenever we can, wherever we can.

On 4 July, it’s important that people continue to follow two-metre social distancing where possible, but where it is not, people will be advised to keep a social distance of at least one metre apart, while taking mitigations to reduce the risk of transmission.  “Close proximity” venues such as nightclubs, soft-play areas, indoor gyms, swimming pools, bowling alleys, water parks and spas will remain closed for now. I sincerely hope arts organisations will be able to provide live performances as soon as possible.

New sector specific guidance reflects the latest advice with further guidance coming soon as more businesses are able to reopen. There are currently 12 guides covering a range of different types of work including:

  • The visitor economy
  • Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services
  • Hotels and other guest accommodation
  • Close contact services (hairdressers, tattoists, tailors etc)
  • Shops
  • Heritage locations
  • Vehicles
  • Factories and warehouses
  • Construction and outdoor work

Early years providers are now able to open for all children and should follow protective measures.

Our discretionary grant fund closed yesterday, with more than 150 applications from local businesses. Applications will be reviewed as soon as possible so that applicants can be notified of the outcomes.  Please make sure you subscribe to this business email update to read further news about the fund.

From our incredibly informative business continuity series of webinars, there’s just one left. Book to ‘unlock the power of OneNote’ on Tues 30 June.

Finally, I urge you to check the free toolkits to help businesses with reopening preparation and messages - read more below."