Rebuild and recovery FAQs
High local COVID alert level
- Not meet people socially anywhere indoors
- Only meet people outdoors in groups of up to 6
- Work from home if possible
- Reduce the number of journeys you make
Find all local restrictions and laws at gov.uk/coronavirus
Close contact services
Guidance for people who provide close contact services, including hairdressers, barbers, beauticians, tattooists, sports and massage therapists, dress fitters, tailors and fashion designers.
Free advice to small firms
The Recovery Advice for Business scheme, supported by the government and hosted on the Enterprise Nation website, will give small firms access to free, one-to-one advice with an expert adviser to help them through the coronavirus pandemic and to prepare for long-term recovery.
Next phase of reopening
The government has outlined the measures that will allow outdoor pools to reopen from Saturday 11 July and indoor gyms, swimming pools and sports facilities to reopen from Saturday 25 July, ensuring millions of people can get back into more sport and fitness activities.
Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do
The most frequently asked questions on what you can and can’t do during the coronavirus outbreak.
- GOV.UK – Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do until 4 July
- GOV.UK – Coronavirus outbreak FAQs: what you can and can’t do after 4 July
Safer spaces – pavement licences
Epping Forest District Council is keen to support local business and to help encourage and attract more customers.
Pavement Licences have been introduced, to allow the use of outdoor space for food and drink service, to support pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes whilst maintaining social distancing during the covid-recovery.
A pavement licence gives permission for the use of tables and chairs outside your business to allow your customers to enjoy Al Fresco dining.
This is a new process, allowing the licence to be issued quickly and cheaply to ensure anyone who wants to use the space outside their business premises will be able to do so without any unnecessary delays.
The cost of pavement licences will be capped at £100 and in some cases may be free of charge. These are temporary measures until 30 September 2021.
Applications are made on line and will be determined within 14 days.
For any queries, please contact Licensing@eppingforestdc.gov.uk
Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace
The easing of social and economic lockdown measures following the COVID-19 outbreak is being supported by NHS Test and Trace. Organisations in certain sectors should assist this service by keeping a temporary record of customers and visitors for 21 days, in a way that is manageable for your organisation, and assists NHS Test and Trace with requests for that data if needed. This could help contain clusters or outbreaks.
Sectors that this guidance applies to:
- Hospitality, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafés
- Tourism and leisure, including hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks
- Close contact services, including hairdressers, barbershops and tailors
- Facilities provided by local authorities, including town halls and civic centres for events, community centres, libraries and children’s centres
- Places of worship, including use for events and other community activities
Full guidance can be found at:
- GOV.UK guidance – Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace
The Government has relaxed the restrictions for hospitality businesses so that they can open on Saturday 4 July providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines.
We are here to support and help businesses reopen in a way which minimises the risk of COVID-19 to residents, employees and business owners.
If you need advice or are unsure about any aspect of reopening complete our form and we will get in touch with you to help.
We will try to respond within 24 hours, unfortunately this is not always possible but you should expect a call within 3 days.
- Request help on reopening your business safely
- GOV.UK – Reopen your business safely during coronavirus (COVID‑19)
Social distance review
Where it is not possible to stay 2 metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘1 metre plus’. This means staying 1 metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission.
Easing of lockdown restrictions
From Saturday 4 July there will be changes to lockdown measures in England to enable people to see more of their friends and family, help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs.
Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines.
2 households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures.
People can now enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites.
In order to begin restoring the arts and cultural sector, some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres.
Non-essential retail confirmed to reopen from Monday 15 June
Shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June.
High street retailers and department stores, including book shops, electronics retailers, tailors, auction houses, photography studios, indoor markets, and shops selling clothes, shoes and toys, will be allowed to open their doors again provided they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines set out by the Government in May.
Employers should 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.
Business Secretary Alok Sharma is creating 5 new business-focused groups to unleash Britain’s growth potential and create jobs, as part of the government’s plans to help the economy bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic.
Focused on 5 key themes, each group will explore how business can work with government to deliver economic growth and jobs:
- The future of industry: How to accelerate business innovation and leverage private sector investment in research and development
- Green recovery: How to capture economic growth opportunities from the shift to net zero carbon emissions
- Backing new businesses: How to make the UK the best place in the world to start and scale a business
- Increasing opportunity: How to level up economic performance across the UK, including through skills and apprenticeships
- The UK open for business: How to win and retain more high value investment for the UK
- GOV.UK news strory – Business Secretary launches working groups to help unleash Britain’s growth potential
New support for high streets
The High Streets Task Force has announced new training, expert advice and online resources for high streets in England.
The High Streets Task Force will provide access to cutting-edge tools, training, information and advice for high streets across England as part of the government’s efforts to get shops back in business safely from 15 June.
This support is open to local councils and all organisations involved with high streets and will include free access to online training programmes, webinars, data and intelligence on topics including recovery planning and coordination, public space and place marketing.
- High Streets Task Force website
- GOV.UK news story – New support for reopening and recovery of high streets
Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)
Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic.
Travel guidance for employers
To support businesses with employees returning to work from the Monday 15 June, the Department for Transport has developed resources for employers.
It sets out some steps employers can take to help provide a safe return to work for employees on the transport network, including encouraging active travel, and travel outside peak hours.
NHS test and trace service
Guidance on the NHS test and trace service for employers, businesses and workers.
Support bubble guidance
As outlined by the Prime Minister in his statement earlier this week, from Saturday 13 June, single adult households will be able to form a “support bubble” with 1 other household. The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has published guidance setting out how the public can see people that they do not live with while protecting themselves and others from coronavirus.
The guidance provides advice on making a support bubble with another household and outlines key principles the public should follow when outside their home. It also provides advice on a range of issues when meeting outdoors.
Face coverings and safer travel guidance for passengers
From Monday 15 June face coverings will be required while using public transport in England.
Entering or returning to the UK
From Monday 8 June if you’re a resident or visitor travelling to the UK on or after 8 June, you must:
- Provide your journey and contact details
- Not leave the place you’re staying for the first 14 days you’re in the UK except in very limited situations (known as ‘self-isolating’)
You may be fined £100 if you refuse to provide your contact details in England. You may be fined more if you break this rule more than once. You may also be fined £1,000 if you refuse to self-isolate, or you could face further action.
- GOV.UK – Entering the UK
- GOV.UK guidance – Coronavirus (COVID-19): travellers exempt from border rules in the UK
Reopening places of worship
From Saturday 13 June 2020 places of worship will be permitted to open for individual prayer. Risk assessments should be carried out prior to reopening.
Working safely in care homes
Guidance for those working in care homes providing information on how to work safely during this period of sustained transmission of COVID-19.
Job retention scheme update
The Chancellor has announced previously, from 1 July, employers can bring back to work employees that have previously been furloughed for any amount of time and any shift pattern, while still being able to claim the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme grant for their normal hours not worked. When claiming the grant for furloughed hours employers will need to report and claim for a minimum period of a week.
Further guidance on flexible furloughing and how employers should calculate claims has been published.
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