High Streets re-opening

Re-opening of the high street

On the 15 June 2020 all non-essential retail shops began to open their doors as the government cautiously phase re-opening of the high street. Retailers will need to follow Government COVID-19 secure guidelines when re-opening.

Business Runnymede will help to keep businesses up to date with the latest government guidance and tools. We have useful links and ideas to help you re-open safely. You will also be able to find links and information relating to Runnymede Borough Council’s ‘Live Local’ campaign which is supported by the European Regional Development Fund.

Steps to re-opening safely

The government have set out five practical steps to help businesses to stay safe.

These are:

  1. carry out a COVID risk assessment

  2. develop cleaning and hygiene procedures

  3. help staff to work from home (where possible)

  4. maintain social distancing according to current guidance

  5. where people cannot keep the social distance permitted, manage transmission risk.

Businesses are expected to display a poster to show that they adhere to the five steps. You can download the poster here.

Working safely tool

To help employers re-open their businesses safely, the government  has launched a new tool to identify the most relevant guidance for your business. The guidance highlighted will help you carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to the workplace and workforce.

This guidance is only for businesses that are allowed to re-open in England and can be found here: WorkingSafelyTool.

Employees can also use this guidance to check what their workplace needs to do to keep people safe.

Shops and branches

Specific government advice for shops and branches can be found here

Business Runnymede will be posting a re-opening safe guidance flyer to the businesses on the high streets, you can also find a copy here