Safe town centres and open spaces guidance

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The Government has issued advice about measures landowners and businesses can put in place to make public areas as safe as possible during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Tendring District Council is reviewing this guidance and working on plans for shared spaces, which will be published when it is finalised.

Guidance can be found on the links below:

Coronavirus: Working safely (

Coronavirus: Working safely in shops and branches - guidance for employers, employees and the self-employed (

Coronavirus: Safer public places - urban centres and green spaces (

Coronavirus: Guidance on accessing green spaces safely (

Are you ready to safely open your business?

Government guidance tool to help businesses reopen safely

Have you completed your COVID-19 secure risk assessment?

Do you have entrance and exit points that allow safe distancing?

Can you implement safe queueing and one way systems?

Have you got contactless payment systems in place?

Is hand sanitiser available for customers?

Businesses will need to take certain steps to protect customers and staff, including limiting the number of customers allowed inside at one time, placing protective coverings on large items such as sofas which may be touched by passing shoppers, and frequently checking and cleaning objects and surfaces.

As a business it is your responsibility to talk to your neighbouring businesses to ensure queueing systems will work and to protect your employees and customers from harm.
You are required to complete a Government Health and Safety Executive COVID-19 risk assessment. Risk prevention is one part of the overall process used to help control risks in your workplace.

Five steps to safer working together:

  1. We have carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with the people who work here.
  2. We have cleaning, hand-washing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance.
  3. We have taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home.
  4. We have taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace.
  5. Where people cannot be 2m apart, we have done everything practical to manage transmission risk.

Downloadable pdf guidance and poster for businesses

Employers should also display a notice visibly in their shop windows or outside their store to show their employees, customers and other visitors that they have followed this guidance.

Downloadable pdf notice for businesses

Reopening High Streets Safely

Money for signage and other measures implemented by Tendring District Council (TDC) to support safer town centres comes from the Government’s Reopening High Streets Safely Fund, which in turn is from the European Regional Development Fund. TDC has up to £131,110 from the fund to support this work.

Last updated on: 09/07/2020 - 12:15