We are committed to supporting our hospitality trade to reopen safely as part of the work to recover from coronavirus in North Tyneside.

Central to our recovery plan for the borough is to support local businesses to enable economic recovery and growth. The hospitality trade has been hit hard and from this Saturday you will be able to reopen, providing premises adhere to COVID Secure guidelines.

Government guidance on how to open these premises safely while minimising the risk of spreading covid-19 has now been published here.

The hospitality trade will have an important role to play in stopping the spread of Coronavirus in North Tyneside. Social distancing and good hygiene continue to be really important measures to prevent people from becoming ill with Covid 19.

To comply with national guidance ensure that you have systems in place to collect and maintain a records for all staff, customers and visitors. Actively encourage customer and visitor to share their details in order to support NHS Test and Trace and advise them that this information will only be used where necessary to help stop the spread of COVID-19. Detailed guidance on collecting and maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors is available here

The Council have developed a Covid-19 outbreak control plan and we need the support of all our residents, businesses and communities to prevent a spike in cases here in North Tyneside.

As an employer, you have a legal responsibility to protect workers and visitors to your premises from risk to their health and safety. You must make sure the health and safety risk assessment for your business is suitable and enough to adequately address the risks of COVID-19, using the guidance to inform your decisions and control measures. Your risk assessment will help you decide whether you have done everything you need to.

Once you have completed a risk assessment, and you believe you can open safely, you can apply for a FREE poster pack which includes the Covid-Secure poster and a special poster for businesses here.

Routine and intelligence-led compliance checks will be undertaken by Council Officers over the coming weeks in order to ensure your business is operating responsibly and in line with current government guidance. Please be aware that should non-compliance be found enforcement action may be taken under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, Licensing Act 2003 or any other relevant legislation.

During the lockdown period there is an increased risk of the proliferation of legionella bacteria in water systems due to higher ambient temperatures and lower building occupancy. This is because water systems may be have been under-used, leading to stagnation of water within the distribution system and at outlets. Please flush out all outlets to drain (including showerheads and taps) for a minimum of 5 minutes per outlet,  the flushing should be done in such a way so as to control the production of aerosols.  Further legionella control guidance can be found at www.hse.gov.uk

Thank you for your co-operation and patience – it’s important we all do our bit to help ensure North Tyneside continues to recover from this crisis and emerges stronger as a result.

John Sparkes

Regeneration & Economic Development

North Tyneside Council

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