12 April 2021 - Some of the rules on what you can and cannot do have changed:
- non-essential retail can reopen
- personal care services such as hairdressers and nail salons can reopen, including those provided from a mobile setting
- public buildings such as libraries and community centres can reopen
- outdoor hospitality venues can reopen, with table service only
- most outdoor attractions including zoos, theme parks, and drive-in performances (such as cinemas and concerts) can reopen
- some smaller outdoor events such as fetes, literary fairs, and fairgrounds can take place
- indoor leisure and sports facilities can reopen for individual exercise, or exercise with your household or support bubble
- all childcare and supervised activities are allowed indoors (as well as outdoors) for all children. Parent and child groups can take place indoors (as well as outdoors) for up to 15 people (children under 5 will not be counted in this number)
- weddings, civil partnership ceremonies, wakes and other commemorative events can take place for up to 15 people (anyone working is not included in this limit), including in indoor venues that are permitted to open or where an exemption applies. Wedding receptions can also take place for up to 15 people, but must take place outdoors, not including private gardens
- self-contained accommodation can stay open for overnight stays in England with your household or support bubble
- care home residents will be able to nominate two named individuals for regular indoor visits (following a rapid lateral flow test)
- you should continue to work from home if you can and minimise the amount that you travel where possible
For further information please visit gov.uk
Businesses that can remain open should follow working safely guidance, to protect customers, visitors and workers.
NHS COVID-19 App
It is a legal requirement for all designated businesses and venues to log details of customers, visitors and staff for NHS Test and Trace and from Thursday 24 September they will be required to display official NHS QR code posters.
More information on the app and the requirements of businesses can be found on Gov.uk or you can read more about which venues in England should display official NHS QR code posters, including:
- hospitality services, including pubs, bars, restaurants and cafes
- tourism and leisure services, including hotels, museums, cinemas, zoos and theme parks
- close contact services, including hairdressers, barber shops 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
The COVID 19 app and the use of the NHS QR code posters are a key part of the COVID 19 response and by supporting the official NHS QR code poster system, you will be protecting your visitors and your business. You will help to slow the spread of the virus, reduce the impact of any second wave, and help normal life to resume more quickly.
To prepare for this you must use the online tool to create a coronavirus NHS QR code for your venue or business. Use this service to create a QR code for display in your venue. Get visitors to scan the QR code when they arrive, using the NHS COVID-19 app.
If you have more than one location, you need to create a different QR code for each location.
You can also find further resources including tips on how to generate a QR code, where to display posters and further information on the app on the NHS Covid App support pages.
It is important to emphasise that use of the App and QR codes is a legal requirement and does not increase the chances of you being ‘shut down’ in the event of an outbreak. App users, if they receive an alert, will not be told which venue they were at. The data will enable public health teams to swiftly identify any potential hotspots and work with businesses to make changes if needed and provide them with support and guidance. Businesses which operate in a COVID safe way are less likely to be closed down.
Please note that although you are required to display the QR you still need to ensure that people who cannot or will not use the app give the legally required details and in the case of food or drink premises you must refuse entry unless people either scan the QR code or give you their details.
Please also note that even if you have your own QR code system you must still display the NHS QR code.
We appreciate the substantial requirements of businesses to ensure they are COVID safe, and want to thank you for all your efforts to date, as you know it is crucial we continue to all work together to keep the community safe and reduce the spread of the virus and the App will assist us all in being able to do this.
Visiting the High Street
When visiting the High Street please adhere to the 'keep left' system for pedestrians as indicated by the street markings on the pavements.
From Friday 24 July 2020 it became mandatory to wear a face covering in shops in England and from 8 August it became mandatory in more enclosed settings. Face coverings protect other people from any germs you might be carrying without knowing it. Wearing one will help other people feel safer. Further information about the regulations and who is exempt can be found here: Regulations for wearing a face covering
The Brentwood Retail and Farmers Market is open on Friday and Saturday and traders are operating according to government safety guidelines.
Click It Local Brentwood
A new virtual high street has launched in Brentwood, in partnership with Brentwood Borough Council.
With Click It Local, you can shop online from local independent shops and have your items delivered directly to your front door.
From weekly food essentials, gifts and treats to last-minute basics, you can buy from multiple businesses across Brentwood, Shenfield and Ingatestone, with one payment and one delivery.
Shop safely from home and support your high street at the same time.
Brentwood Open Facebook group
Brentwood borough retail, hospitality and leisure businesses are encouraged to promote their current offers in the Brentwood Open Facebook group, which is supported by the Brentwood Business Partnership sponsored by Beresfords and Tees.
Residents can ask for and give recommendations for Brentwood borough-based businesses to help support our local economy.
Shop safe posters
The Economic Development team have created a library of posters for shops and businesses to use in their windows to promote safe shopping in the borough.