Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham has joined business and transport leaders in reiterating a “safety first” approach as more businesses reopen from 4th July.
The latest relaxation of coronavirus lockdown measures includes a reduction in the two-metre social distancing rule to one-metre plus mitigating precautions, enabling thousands of additional businesses to reopen.
Additional businesses able to reopen include pubs, bars and restaurants, hotels and hairdressers, providing they have taken measures to ensure that they are Covid-19 secure.
Updated advice for those businesses allowed to reopen from July 4 is now being signposted via Safely Reopening GM – #SafeGM, a coordinated campaign across Greater Manchester which was launched to coincide with reopening of non-essential retail on 15 June.
Specific support for those business available to reopen from July 4 is being provided via the #SafeGM campaign hub, including:
- Updated advice for businesses in the leisure and hospitality sector, as well as hairdressers and barbers
- Updated travel and transport advice, including information for people working in the hospitality sector, as well as people visiting bars, restaurants and other leisure and hospitality venues in the evenings
- Information to encourage safe and responsible behaviour among members of the public
Mayor of Greater Manchester Andy Burnham said:
It is vitally important that safety continues to come first as lockdown restrictions are further eased and additional parts of the Greater Manchester economy are able to reopen.
“The Safely Reopening GM campaign will continue to provide guidance that will protect people from the potential spread of the coronavirus, and I urge employers to ensure that they are playing their part.
“It is particularly important that people continue to ensure the welfare of key workers and those workers who are playing a key role in reopening the economy.”
Councillor Elise Wilson, leader of Stockport Council and GMCA Economic Lead, said:
The economic impact of the coronavirus has been felt across Greater Manchester and the leisure and hospitality sector is among the hardest hit.
“While there will be some relief that many businesses in these sectors are among those that will be able to reopen from July 4, they must do so safely if we are to avoid the risk of further lockdown and ensure that employees and members of the public are not placed in a vulnerable position.
“Employers also need to consider the impact of changes to the availability of travel options for workers at different times of day and night. Other businesses must also continue to follow the guidance and advice signposted by the Safely Reopening GM campaign.”
Delivered by the Growth Company in partnership with TFGM and GMCA, Safely Reopening GM continues to reinforce the protection of public health as a key priority, with companies urged to allow home working if possible and travellers encouraged to consider all other travel options before using public transport and to walk or cycle instead where possible.
As well as specific guidance relating to hairdressers, hospitality and leisure businesses reopening from 4th July, all employers are urged to continue following a set of Safely Reopening GM guidelines, including:
- Supporting home working wherever possible
- Where possible, only bringing a proportion of their staff back at one time and staggering the working day by allowing some staff to start earlier and others to finish later to ease the peak on public transport.
- Providing good hygiene facilities.
- Enabling social distancing and where operationally impractical employers should implement measures to lower risk of transmission e.g. providing PPE
- Boosting employee confidence by conducting and publishing a risk assessment
- Workplaces, especially Retail should boost confidence by displaying a notice visibly in their shop windows or outside their store to show their employees, customers and other visitors that they are implementing Government guidance
- Acknowledging the needs of individual employees, who may need to consider childcare or other responsibilities
- Promoting good mental and physical health