Posted: Wed 24th Jun 2020
The government has published official safety guidance for the businesses in England that can reopen on 4 July.
Prime minister Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday that various businesses can welcome customers back next month.
The government has also reduced the two metre social distancing rule to 'one metre plus'. Where two metres isn't possible, people can stay one metre apart if they take other safety measures such as wearing masks.
The full list of businesses that can reopen in England on 4 July is as follows:
Hotels, hostels bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses
Places of worship
Restaurants, cafes and workplace canteens
Theatres and concert halls, but no live music
Museums and galleries
Hair salons and barbers
Funfairs, theme parks and adventure parks and activities
Outdoor skating rinks
Other indoor leisure centres or facilities, including indoor games, recreation and entertainment venues
Indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres and any place where animals are exhibited to the public as an attraction
Businesses can only open if they introduce safety measures. General guidance for all businesses including carrying out a risk assessment and developing cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures
The government has published the following new guidance for specific sectors:
Restaurants, pubs and bars: Read safety guidance here.
Key measures include:
requiring use of table service where possible instead of ordering at the bar and assigning a single staff member per table
encouraging use of contactless ordering from tables where available, such as through an app
discouraging non-essential trips by staff within venues, such as between the kitchen and front of house, by using radios and other electronic devices to communicate
encouraging customers to use hand sanitiser or handwashing facilities as they enter the venue
keeping a temporary record of customers and visitors for 21 days, in a way that is manageable for the business. This is to assist NHS Test and Trace with requests for the data and could help contain clusters or outbreaks
Reconfiguring indoor and outdoor seating and tables to maintain social distancing guidelines between customers of different households or support bubbles
managing entry numbers through reservation systems, social distancing markings, having customers queue at a safe distance for toilets or bringing payment machines to customers, where possible
minimising customer self service of food, cutlery and condiments to reduce risk of transmission. For example, providing cutlery and condiments only when food is served
providing only disposable condiments or cleaning non- disposable condiment containers after each use
reducing the number of surfaces touched by both staff and customers such as asking customers to remain at a table or to not lean on counters when collecting takeaways
Close contact services (including hairdressers and barbers): Read safety guidance here.
Key measures include:
as social distancing is difficult, workers should wear a clear visor that covers the face
spacing appointments to allow for frequent cleaning of work areas and equipment between uses
clearing workspaces and removing waste and belongings from the work area at the end of a shift, including not providing magazines in waiting areas
sanitising any reusable equipment, including client chairs, treatment beds, and equipment such as scissors used after each appointment, and at the start and end of shifts
using disposable gowns for each client. Where this is not possible, use separate gowns (and towels in the normal way) for each client, washing between use and disposing appropriately as required
Hotels and other guest accommodation: Read safety guidance here.
Tourism and visitor attractions: Read safety guidance here
Key measures include:
hotels and accommodation providers to introduce deep cleaning regimes between guests
meal services including breakfasts to be pre-booked and timed
timed tickets to be introduced for exhibitions, theme parks, galleries and attractions to reduce the number of visitors in locations at the same time
one way systems, clear floor markings and a queue management system should be in place to maintain social distancing measures at all attractions and help to limit contact between both staff and visitors
organisations should encourage cashless payments throughout to avoid cross contamination
visitor attractions should introduce regular deep cleaning regimes and some interactive displays should be temporarily closed
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