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Business Published Thursday, 28 May 2020

Following the government’s latest announcement, outdoor markets and car showrooms can reopen from 1 June and all other retail businesses are set to open from 15 June.

The council is urging business owners to ensure that safe working practices are put in place for both their employees and general public.

As we move towards the next phase of the pandemic, retail businesses have three weeks to prepare their stores and ensure they are equipped to serve customers safely. Business owners are only permitted to open once they carry out a risk assessment and are confident that they are managing the risks.

This includes non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets. These businesses will be expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines, giving them three weeks to prepare.

The council has produced a helpful template risk assessment which you can use to guide you in carrying out your own risk assessment around safe working practices for your business.

Please email to receive a copy.

The council’s commercial safety team are available to support businesses reopening. You can visit advice for food businesses on re-opening and re-opening workplaces after the closure period for more information, guidance and support.

You can also visit the UK Government’s website for guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

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