Supporting businesses to remain open following easing of restrictions
16 July 2021Businesses in west Cheshire are being offered advice following the easing of restrictions from the 19 July and Step 4 of the national COVID road map out of lockdown.
All businesses have faced a rapidly changing set of regulations during the pandemic with many of the existing control measures no longer being a legal requirement from 19 July.
West Cheshire infection rates are still very high and continuing to increase with an infection rate of 334 per 100,000 up to 7 July. The rates are highest in the 20-29 age range and more people (currently over 60 admissions) are being admitted to local hospitals.
Ian Ashworth, Director of Public Health said: "Please don't see the 19 July as a reason to stop all the good practices that have helped to reduce the spread of the virus. By remaining careful we can all support the recovery of our local businesses and the wider economy. An increase in transmission of the virus could result in major disruptions if staff are unable to work due to being unwell with COVID-19 and legally required to self-isolate.
"We still recommend everyone to have a free, twice weekly rapid symptom Lateral Flow Test (LFT). If people experience symptoms such as a headache, a stuffed or runny nose, tiredness or weakness, aches and pains, sore throat or diarrhoea, they should take an LFT and follow up with a PCR test if the LFT test is positive.
"If people have any of the main symptoms of COVID-19 such as a high temperature, a new continuous cough or loss or change to their sense of smell or taste they must stay at home and book a PCR test.
"Nobody wants to go back to square one. The best thing businesses can do is to help enable their staff to be fully vaccinated. Please visit the Councils website to find your nearest clinic. Continue wearing face coverings in crowded indoor areas where social distancing cannot be followed. Staff should still work from home where possible and we should all continue with regular hand washing."
Debbie Bryce, Chief Executive of West Cheshire and North Wales Chamber of Commerce added: "As our latest Chamber Quarterly Business Report indicated, West Cheshire and North Wales businesses are showing signs of a recovery as the UK starts to relax lockdown restrictions and it's positive to see confidence levels are high.
"However, as we move towards full reopening and see the recovery taking shape our members are also telling us that many businesses are far from being out of the woods yet and we would warmly encourage adhering to following the latest government guidance, together we can look with optimism to building back better in the future."
The recommendations for local businesses is to go above and beyond the minimum guidance required.
Covid-19 Business Tips
For the latest information about vaccinations: https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/news-and-views/incidents/coronavirus-covid-19/vaccinations/vaccinations.aspx
The Government has produced further guides for businesses -
Working safely during Covid-19: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-covid-19
Working safely during Covid-19 - hospitality: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-covid-19/restaurants-pubs-bars-nightclubs-and-takeaway-services