Richmondshire District Council

Government guidance on reopening businesses 

With the easing of the current COVID-19 restrictions, many businesses will be looking for help to reopen their business safely for both customers and staff.

This a fast moving situation but the simple way to control the virus is unchanged. We must regularly was our hands for 20 seconds, increase surface cleaning and maintain social distancing of 2 metres where possible.

All references to distancing in the government guidance clearly say 2 metres, or 1 metre with risk mitigation where 2 metres is not viable.


How to safely re-open your business

  • Complete the Government's simple online questionnaire. Once you've completed the six questions this will provide you with guidance to help you carry out your risk assessment to make sure you keep employees and other people on site safe.

  • Read the detailed Government guidance for your sector. It provides five practical steps to working safely as well as 12 detailed sector specific guides to give you practical help.

  • Carry out your risk assessment. This should give confidence to your customers and staff that you have COVID-19 secure premises. Use our simple risk assessment template.

Remember to check with your insurance company before reopening. Be aware that your risk assessment must be reviewed regularly.

Always check the GOV.UK website for any new or amended guidance.


Further information 

Our Environmental Health team will continue to support businesses and individuals, so if you need any more advice or information please contact us via our enquiry form, email environmentalhealth@richmondshire.gov.uk or calling 01748 829100.

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