Following his speech on Tuesday 23 June 2020, the prime minister announced that a further easing of lockdown will commence from 4 July onwards.
Top of that list is the re-opening of several venues including pubs, restaurants, hairdressers and cinemas. With that comes great relief for business owners and their customers.
The government also announced updates regarding social distancing in England, which is being relaxed to “one-metre plus” from 4 July 2020, although a two-metre distance is still advised.
Businesses are still being asked to:
- avoid face-to-face seating plans
- improve ventilation
- use protective screens and face coverings
- close social spaces (kitchens, break-out areas etc.)
- provide hand sanitiser
- change shift patters/rotas to reduce groups
The guidance for businesses in “The visitor economy” includes guidance for people who work in hotels and guest accommodation, indoor and outdoor attractions, and business events and consumer shows.
It urges businesses to consult with employees stating: “Full involvement of your workers creates a culture where relationships between employers and workers are based on collaboration, trust and joint problem solving,”.