Nigel Holland
Nigel Holland

” A number of businesses have been given the go ahead to open on 4 July by the Government. These include restaurants, hairdressers, hotels, pubs and other businesses.

Seating will need changing, customers urged to book in advance.

Covid 19 risk assessments should be carried out and the Government should make it mandatory that they are published.

Nigel Holland

Courtesy of BBC

Updated guidance has been published on how hairdressers, hotels, pubs and other businesses in England can reopen safely from 4 July.

It includes advice to reconfigure seating, minimise self-service, cancel live acts and stagger arrivals.

Customers will be urged to book in advance, order online or through apps and not to lean on counters.

It comes after Boris Johnson announced sweeping changes to England’s lockdown, including a relaxing of the 2m rule.

Pubs, restaurants, cinemas and hairdressers are among the venues which will be allowed to reopen in ten days’ time.

The updated government guidance includes some general advice for all businesses as well as guidance for specific sectors.

It says businesses should carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment to ensure the safety of their workplace, which should be shared on their website, and also develop cleaning and hygiene procedures.

Guidance for close contact services such as hairdressers says employees should wear a visor where it is not possible to maintain distance and customers could also be separated from each other by screens.

Places like pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers are asked to keep a temporary record of customers and visitors for 21 days, to support the test and trace system.

Business Secretary Alok Sharma said he expected people to continue to use “common sense” and follow government guidelines.

But he said there was a “legal duty” for businesses to keep their employees safe and the Health and Safety Executive could take action if not.

Frances O’Grady, general secretary of trade union body the TUC, said the more government relaxes lockdown “the tougher it needs to get on health and safety at work”.

She told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme it should be a legal requirement for employers to publish risk assessments on their website, adding too many companies were “not doing the right thing”.