Businesses that fail to protect customers and staff by flouting Covid-19 rules, risk creating a second wave of the Coronavirus.
Environmental Health Officers are visiting local hairdressers, barbers, beauty salons and nail bars after reports of inadequate measures to protect customers and staff. Health officials have also been worried by poor levels of social distancing, hygiene, and track and trace records being kept by some pubs, cafes and restaurants.
No more than 6 people
The move follows the latest government guidance to help people better understand and combat rising infection rates. No more than 6 people from different households can now meet socially in England.
Speak up to stay safe
With Coronavirus infections levels increasing across Essex, Epping Forest District Council says customers should not be afraid to speak up and walk out if they feel they are being put at risk.
Council Leader, Councillor Chris Whitbread said:
This is a worrying trend. Infection and death rates are low, but the numbers are increasing. It is essential that everyone plays their part if we are all to keep our loved ones, especially our older family members and friends safe.
If you see unsafe practices such as masks not being worn, social distancing being ignored or any other cause for concern, speak up to stay safe. Talk to the manager and explain your concerns. If you don’t get a satisfactory reply, walk out.
Even if you are young and feel relatively safe, the danger of passing the infection on to older and more vulnerable loved-one such as a parent or grandparent is not worth the risk.
Reward good business
Councillor Whitbread added:
Businesses that follow the guidelines have nothing to worry about. Reward good businesses by giving your custom. No one has the right to put your family’s life at risk through carelessness or disregard for the Covid rules. Supporting those businesses that follow the rules will ultimate drive up the standards of all.
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