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Safety advice for Knowsley’s small businesses

by Gemma Melling

Knowsley based small businesses which remain open during this time are reminded of the social distancing advice put in place by the Government to stop the spread of Coronavirus.

Smaller businesses who remain open are likely to be busier during this time with residents more likely to shop locally, particularly older and more vulnerable people. However, due to a smaller premises and work force it may be difficult to monitor customer social distancing. But businesses who fail to comply with advice put themselves, their staff and their customers in danger and businesses found not adhering to these measures will be prohibited from trading.

Knowsley Council’s Environmental Health Team recommend the following measures are put in place where possible in order to minimise risk:

  • Use additional signage to ask customers not to enter the shop if they have symptoms.
  • Don’t have too many customers or staff in at the same time (limit numbers to 2 or 3 customers at a time in small shops). Signage will help customers to follow this.
  • Use floor markings inside the shop to help with the social distancing advice of 2 metres, particularly in the most crowded areas, such as serving counters and tills.
  • Use vertical signage to direct customers into lanes if feasible to help movement within the premises while maintaining 2 metre distance.
  • Make regular announcements to remind customers to follow social distancing advice and clean their hands regularly.
  • Place plexiglass barriers at tills and counters if feasible, as an additional element of protection for workers and customers.
  • Encourage the use of contactless payments where possible, without disadvantaging older or vulnerable customers.
  • Provide additional pop-up handwashing stations or facilities if possible, providing soap, water and hand sanitiser.

If you are a Knowsley based business and have any queries in relation to food safety, health and safety or licensing, please contact the Environmental Health Team on 0151 443 4712 or environmentalhealth@knowsley.gov.uk. Residents can also use these contact details to report or raise concerns about any businesses they believe aren’t following the Government’s Coronavirus guidelines.