After weeks of waiting, we now know that July 4th is the day when the hospitality, leisure, tourism and health & beauty industries can re-open – as long as they can safely follow the guidelines issued by the government.
But today’s announcement went a stage further and reduced social distancing from 2 metres to 1 metre.
So if you’re a business opening for the first time since the spring, or you’re a business that has continued to operate during the lockdown, now is a good time to review the Covid measures and procedures that are in place.
The gov.uk website actually has a useful risk assessment tool to help you do this.
As part of that review we should consider things such as:
- Internal/external sign:
– is it still relevant?
– does it mention 2 metre social distancing – should it be replaced?
- Face masks – should they be provided for customers/visitors who arrive without one?
- Face Shields/visors – consider if these are required
- Sneeze guards – for reception desks, counters and other areas where customer contact is relatively close.
- In busier offices would a desk divider offer more security to staff?
- Ensure we have adequate hand sanitising facilities.
- Regular thorough cleaning (Here’s an informative article that’s worth a read)
And of course you’ll find many of these items available on our CovidEssential.online website.
Also consider that the next few days are going to see high levels of demand on these products – putting further pressure on a supply chain that is already struggling to restock to cope with earlier demand. But We’ll continue to do what we can to maintain our stocks.
If I can help in anyway, please feel free to email me on firstname.lastname@example.org and I’ll get back to you as quickly as I can.