Latest bulletin for BID members

19/06/2020

Please find below this week's bulletin from Newport Now Business Improvement District (BID).

Covid Safe Reopening Kits: You will be aware that 'non-essential' shops in Wales are now able to open from Monday providing they meet Welsh Government guidelines. A reminder to all our independent members that we are distributing hand sanitisers, floor vinyls, posters, face visors and screen guards free of charge to help you prepare for re-opening. Please see attached photograph. There are only a handful of screen guards still available. We have run out of face visors but have a new delivery due towards the end of next week. All other equipment is fully available. To receive the equipment, as with all our services, you must have paid your 2020/21 BID levy. We have set up a safe and hygienic collection service from our office at the Riverfront Theatre. Details of how to order your equipment and book a collection slot are available by clicking here. To reiterate, the BID's board of directors has taken the view that national chains will have their own group purchasing and branding of equipment. However, we have agreed with our suppliers that the discounted rate for our purchases will be made available to any national levy payers that require branded equipment. Please contact me if you'd like to discuss this further.

Guidelines/risk assesments:  A reminder of that we have partnered with health and safety specialists Navitas to produce guidelines and risk assessments to help BID members understand the steps they will need to take ahead of reopening their businesses. There are three sets of guidelines; one each for non-food retailers, hospitality and food outlets, and offices. These publications are free to BID members. They can also be downloaded from our website by clicking here. We hope you find them useful. Please note this is advice and guidance only, and the legal responsibility for health and safety matters remains with individual businesses.

Economic Resilience Fund: Phase 2 of the Welsh Government's Economic Resilience Fund opens for applications at the end of this month. To find out if your business is eligible for financial support from this fund, click here

Reopening of 'non-essential' shops: As stated above, all 'non-essential' shops in Wales will be able to open from Monday. In order to trade and stay open businesses are required to observe the following:

  • Take all reasonable measures to ensure customers are able to maintain a 2 metre distance from each other and staff whilst visiting the premises (two people from the same household, a carer and the person assisted by the carer, do not have to distance from each other)
  • Establish a maximum number of customers allowed into the premises and take all reasonable measures to prevent more customers entering the premises
  • Take all reasonable measures to ensure people queuing to enter their premises maintain a 2 metre distance from one another (two people from the same household, a carer and the person assisted by the carer, do not have to distance from each other)

Staff from Newport City Council's trading standards department will be in the city centre on Monday carrying out site visits and providing advice to businesses. There will be a particular focus on adherence to social distancing regulations and management of any queues. Guidance on these matters is available from the council on 01633 414970 or by email trading.standards@newport.gov.uk

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