As businesses across the borough get ready to re-open Fylde Council is working closely with them to ensure there is a complete understanding of the requirements that must be in place.

It is imperative that social distancing remains to ensure transmission of infection is minimised and we can work towards the government’s next phase. A responsibility is placed on each business to carry out and implement an assessment that identifies the risks and controls associated with Covid-19 which can be found on the Council’s website A checklist is also available which helps to identify if a business has met the required obligations prior to re-opening to the public.

The government has stressed that there are many businesses which will be unable to open as part of this phase, an extensive list of which can be found on their website. Only those businesses permitted to may re-open, and you can check if your business is eligible here.

Councillor Karen Buckley, Acting Council Leader said: “We all share a responsibility to stop the spread of the virus and that means everyone doing their bit to abide by the 2 metre rule.  The council can advise but not enforce on businesses other than their own concessions so it really needs all of us to adhere to this, business owners and customers alike.”

“I am really looking forward to the safe opening of businesses in the next few weeks and will be supporting our local shops.  Thanks to all those already open who offer takeaways and have put measures in place for social distancing in queues.  It is this type of arrangement that will help build confidence with customers.”

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