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Gateshead businesses given help and advice to be covid-secure

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Over 1,000 Gateshead businesses have received face-to-face support from the council to help them to be covid-secure.

A team of 30 council officers have been taking to the streets of Gateshead to visit a range of premises, from restaurants to retailers, to offer help and support to local businesses.

The initiative launched at a time when the new North East restrictions came in to place with staff from environmental health, trading standards and enforcement being retrained across the council.

Since then the team have been proactively dropping into high streets to talk to business owners and managers and answering any questions that they have on keeping staff and customers safe. The new scheme hopes to give customers the confidence that their local businesses are operating securely.

Leader of Gateshead Council, Councillor Martin Gannon, said: "This is an incredibly tough time for many local businesses. The majority of our businesses have worked extremely hard to ensure that they are operating safely for their staff and customers, many investing significantly in adapting their premises. However, over recent weeks we have seen regulations change and there is a huge amount of information for a business to take-in."

"By working with businesses proactively, we are making a commitment to support them and do everything we can to keep our communities open for business. The feedback we've received has been excellent."

The team now have a regular presence at Trinity Square and in the MetroCentre, visiting retailers to offer support on everything from cleaning and hygiene, social distancing, QR codes and what to do if a staff or customer tests positive for covid. The team are also making visits to bars and restaurants - covering around 200 premises on weekend evenings.

Businesses have a legal requirement to comply with regulations and failure to do so could lead to a £1,000 fine or even closure. 

Any business who would like support and advice from the team can email businesscompliance@gateshead.gov.uk to arrange a visit.

Guidance is also available online on our business advice pages.

Business support
15 October 2020

Over 1,000 Gateshead businesses have received face-to-face support from the council to help them to be covid-secure.

A team of 30 council officers have been taking to the streets of Gateshead to visit a range of premises, from restaurants to retailers, to offer help and support to local businesses.

The initiative launched at a time when the new North East restrictions came in to place with staff from environmental health, trading standards and enforcement being retrained across the council.

Since then the team have been proactively dropping into high streets to talk to business owners and managers and answering any questions that they have on keeping staff and customers safe. The new scheme hopes to give customers the confidence that their local businesses are operating securely.

Leader of Gateshead Council, Councillor Martin Gannon, said: "This is an incredibly tough time for many local businesses. The majority of our businesses have worked extremely hard to ensure that they are operating safely for their staff and customers, many investing significantly in adapting their premises. However, over recent weeks we have seen regulations change and there is a huge amount of information for a business to take-in."

"By working with businesses proactively, we are making a commitment to support them and do everything we can to keep our communities open for business. The feedback we've received has been excellent."

The team now have a regular presence at Trinity Square and in the MetroCentre, visiting retailers to offer support on everything from cleaning and hygiene, social distancing, QR codes and what to do if a staff or customer tests positive for covid. The team are also making visits to bars and restaurants - covering around 200 premises on weekend evenings.

Businesses have a legal requirement to comply with regulations and failure to do so could lead to a £1,000 fine or even closure. 

Any business who would like support and advice from the team can email businesscompliance@gateshead.gov.uk to arrange a visit.

Guidance is also available online on our business advice pages.

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