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Thanks to hospitality businesses for reopening safely

Cornwall Council is saying a big thank you to businesses for their efforts in keeping customers safe as they finally opened their doors at the weekend following the lockdown.

Pubs, restaurants, accommodation providers and hairdressers were allowed to reopen from Saturday as the Government eased restrictions for the hospitality sector.

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Businesses had to put in place new Coronavirus safety measures before operating again, including asking customers to book ahead, follow social distancing and give contact details to help with the Government’s Track and Trace system.

Over the weekend Cornwall Council officers patrolled seven town centres to give advice and support to reopening businesses and responded to questions from more than 100 pubs, restaurants and hotels.

Public protection officers will continue to visit hospitality businesses over the next few weeks, and they are encouraging businesses to make contact if they have any questions about trading under the changing rules.

More than 1,800 businesspeople have attended the Council’s free Back in Business webinars for specific sectors which can be watched again and more sessions are being planned with dates to be announced.

Free business advice in meeting the new legal requirements is available at www.businessregulatorysupport.co.uk/recovery or from the Council’s Business Regulatory Support team. 

Rob Nolan, Cornwall’s cabinet member for environment and public protection, said: “After being shut for so many months we can understand that some businesses have been apprehensive about reopening. Our public protection team has been working hard to give reassurance and advice to many businesses over the weekend and last two months through our business webinars.

“Businesses have made a huge effort in getting back upon their feet and we are extremely grateful for all that they’ve done to reopen to customers safely.”

Businesses can also get more information on reopening from Cornwall Council’s Back in Business Recovery Guide which covers topics such as working safely and limiting the risk of Coronavirus, cleaning and disinfection, food safety and health and safety. 

If you need any further help contact businessadvice@cornwall.gov.uk. More advice is available at https://www.businessregulatorysupport.co.uk/ 

 

Story posted on July 6, 2020