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Business Advice

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (No.2) (England) Regulations 2020 come into force on Saturday 4 July 2020.
Whilst many of the businesses released from restrictions can begin to trade after midnight tonight (Friday 3 July 2020), pubs cannot trade until after 06:00hrs on Saturday 4 July 2020.
Pubs and other licensed premises are reminded of their duties under the 2003 Act, advised to take note and behave accordingly.

This is the latest government advice for businesses:

Opening certain businesses and venues in England from 4 July 2020

Guidance on the further easing of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions from 4 July 2020.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/opening-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england-from-4-july-2020
Please see our FAQs about re-opening of businesses
This is the latest Track and Trace guidance for the hospitality sector:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/public-asked-to-leave-a-name-and-number-with-venues-to-help-stop-the-spread-of-covid-19
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/maintaining-records-of-staff-customers-and-visitors-to-support-nhs-test-and-trace

Village Halls and Community Centres are now able to open. The Government strongly advises against such venues being used for indoor fitness and sport activity. Guidance for this sector is available : https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities

Restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

Guidance for keeping workers and customers safe in restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services.
https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/restaurants-offering-takeaway-or-delivery
Shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June. Please follow the link for those businesses which will be allowed to reopen:
https://www.gov.uk/government/news/thousands-of-high-street-shops-department-stores-and-shopping-centres-to-reopen-safely-in-england?utm_source=c9eb05d7-a79d-4542-9de0-74563debe6cd&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=govuk-notifications&utm_content=immediate

Businesses should only reopen once they have completed a risk assessment, in consultation with trade union representatives or workers, and are confident they are managing the risks. They must have taken the necessary steps to become COVID-19 secure in line with current Health and Safety legislation.

There are 11workplace guidance documents now available at: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

Licensing

For the latest updates on the impact of coronavirus on our licensing services, go to Covid-19 Impacts on Licensing.

Food and Drink

Food safety inspections were suspended by the Food Standards Agency between March and June. Now that food businesses are permitted to re-open on 4 July, from mid July we will be undertaking a risk based programme of inspections, some of which may be done by remote contact. We will continue to investigate serious complaints relating to food safety or food poisoning. Environmental Health also remain responsible for enforcing Coronavirus Regulations relating to continuing closures of some sectors and monitoring Covid Safe requirements in the food and drink sector.

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has now issued guidance for food businesses.  You can find this at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-food-businesses

UK Hospitality have also published detailed guidance for the whole sector to support government advice:
https://www.ukhospitality.org.uk/page/COVID19SecureGuidelines

Further guidance on re-opening food businesses:
Reopening checklist for food businesses during COVID-19: pdf version and Word version

Health & Safety

We continue to monitor and review the accident reporting system (RIDDOR,) and will investigate serious incidents and infectious disease. For the latest information about working safely during the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Nuisances

Whilst the installation of noise monitoring equipment has been suspended, we will respond to complaints about nuisance but we would remind people that ordinary human activity is not going to constitute a statutory nuisance e.g. voices, shouting, bonfires, etc. There is a need for greater tolerance of others during this crisis and we strongly recommend you be supportive and understanding of your neighbours

The Food Standards Agency has now issued guidance (26 March) for food businesses.  You can find this at:
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-food-businesses

Dog Warden service

The Dog Warden service will remain operational but owners should ensure their dogs don’t get out.

Planning & Pollution

WRS has issued specific advice in relation to the production of noise assessments in support of planning applications  during the lockdown period. For further details please follow the link here.

 

WRS email and telephone remain open. Please email enquiries@worcsregservices.gov.uk or call 01905 822799 if you have a query.