On 22 February, the Prime Minister announced a roadmap out of lockdown.
We are working with North Tyneside Council to support businesses in the borough to get back to work in a safe way.
We are supporting businesses with the Government guidance and working with Forum members to provide peer-to-peer advice – showcasing businesses which have adapted and the measures they have introduced.
The roadmap is as follows:
From 29 March
Businesses eligible to host childcare and supervised activities for children will now be able to host all outdoor children’s activities, and outdoor parent-and child groups for up to 15 people (not counting those aged under five).
Outdoor sports facilities can reopen
No earlier than 12 April
Non-essential retail and personal care can reopen.
Outdoor areas at hospitality venues can reopen, including for takeaway alcohol. These venues may allow customers to use toilets located inside. At any premises serving alcohol, customers will be required to order, be served and eat/drink while seated (“table service”).
No earlier than 17 May
Indoor areas of hospitality venues will reopen. As outdoors, table service will be required.
All of the details can be found here
Please remember that these dates are not confirmed, and will not be until 7 days before.
Permitted to open
This information is correct as of 17/05/2021
The third stage of reopening has taken place, the following premises are now permitted to open alongside those which reopened in stage two.
- Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas.
- Indoor hospitality venues such as restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can reopen.
- All holiday accommodation can open, including hotels and B&Bs.
- Organised indoor sport can take place for all. This includes gym classes.
Already permitted to reopen:
- Outdoor sports facilities including outdoor gyms, swimming pools, golf courses etc
- Non essential retail including clothing stores, showrooms and garden centres
- Personal care facilities and close contact services
- Indoor sports and leisure facilities
- Self-contained holiday accommodation may reopen.
- Outdoor areas at hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, including in members’ clubs) can reopen.
- Outdoor attractions including skating rinks, drive-in events, theme parks and water parks
- Public buildings, such as community halls and centres, and libraries, can reopen.
- Businesses eligible to host childcare and supervised activities for children are now able to host these activities (including sport) for all children, regardless of circumstances.
People can use all of the above in groups of up to 6 people, or two households.
Further guidance on all of the above, can be found here
Frequently Asked Questions on Stage Three for Hospitality
Support to Reopen
Covid Secure Guidelines
Every sector must think about how they are going to socially distance staff and customers from themselves and each other.
There’s guidance available for close contact services; construction and other outdoor work; factories, plants & warehouses; heritage locations; hotels and other guest accommodation; other people’s homes; restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services; shops and branches; vehicles; and the visitor economy. This can all be found here.
Here’s some of the things you may not have thought about in preparation for re-opening…don’t forget to carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment and check the guidance for your sector on the Government website
Employers should also display a notice visibly in their shop windows or outside their store to show their employees, customers and other visitors that they have followed this guidance. Any business with over 50 employees is expected to display this. You can download the poster here
There is also a leaflet which shows steps to be taken at every stage of the roadmap for hospitality businesses, this can be found here
A number of short animations have been developed regionally to assist businesses to reopen safely from 12 April 2021 https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLz3yV2kde1-NDkSAeU1LjjUxWAm21JwLP
Public Health Support
North Tyneside Council’s Public Health and Consumer Protection teams continue to be available to provide free advice and support to help businesses operate safely through the pandemic.
They can provide support to help to minimise the spread of COVID-19 to keep your colleagues and customers safe. They can also offer advice on workplace testing, action to prevent an outbreak and what to do if your business does experience an outbreak. They would also urge businesses with two or more cases to report them to our Public Health team. You can contact the team via [email protected] or by phoning 07813400000.
The Consumer Protection team is also on hand to provide advice on the Government’s latest regulations, ensuring businesses are operating safely. Contact them via [email protected] or call (0191) 643 7477. You can also find out more about the regulations from April 12 and advice via these videos, here.
Testing for Employees
Every sector must think about how they could control an outbreak of Covid-19 in employees, and how the business will manage if staff are self-isolating.
There are a range of testing options available for businesses.
Less than 10 employees
Employees can get a rapid lateral flow test if you’re in England and do not have symptoms.
They’re free and you get a result 30 minutes after taking the test.
The local test centre is at the Riverside Centre, bookings can be made here
More than 10 employees
You can order free rapid lateral flow tests to test your employees twice a week in the workplace.
You can order tests for your employees to collect from their workplace and use at home twice a week. You can do this if you cannot provide testing in the workplace. https://www.gov.uk/get-workplace-coronavirus-tests
We Offer Testing Endorsement Scheme
The We Offer Testing to our Staff (WOTTOS) endorsement scheme is a simple and free voluntary promotional scheme for firms who are participating in the government’s free coronavirus (COVID-19) workplace testing programme and offer regular twice weekly testing to their staff. The scheme showcases those organisations that offer regular testing for their employees through displaying an easily recognisable and NHS Test and Trace branded physical and/or virtual sticker. More information can be found here
Local Outbreak Plan
North Tyneside Council recently published an outbreak control plan for North Tyneside. The plan sets out how North Tyneside is working together to prevent outbreaks in the borough and if North Tyneside should experience an outbreak how they will respond.
Support not report
We’re asking members of the public to also support businesses as they adapt to the new challenges of reopening. So, if you visit a business, whether that’s a shop, office, factory, and see a mistake around social distancing, or PPE, for example, don’t take photos and ‘shame’ them on social media. Instead speak to staff or the owner and let them know your concerns. Support them. Don’t report them.
Everything is new to businesses when reopening and business owners are trying their best to make it safe for everyone and run their business. Let’s help each other. *Of course if it is a big issue, do report it through the appropriate channels.