Information for businesses - safe return to work

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We know that many business owners and employers will have listened to the Prime Minister's announcement on Sunday evening and will be considering how they might reopen their business in the coming days and weeks.

The government has now released further information on the next phase of the national response to coronavirus. You can read the full guidance document or select information on specific topics. There is also a set of frequently asked questions about what you can and can't do in the coming days and weeks. 

Specific guidance for businesses on making workplaces 'Covid secure' is also now available.

Throughout the coronavirus response, we have kept our support for business page updated with the latest advice and information. It includes guidance on financial assistance including business rate relief, rent relief for the council's commercial tenants and access to grants. As further announcements are made, we will continue to update that resource.

Businesses are at the heart of the Tower Hamlets community and we value immensely the contribution that organisations of all sizes from a range of sectors make to the life of the borough. We understand that unprecedented challenge that businesses are facing in response to this pandemic, in particular the financial sacrifices and personal anxiety that is an inevitable result of needing to stay closed or significantly adapt working practices.

As we start the slow process of safely lifting some of the measures that have been in place, we ask that you continue to act responsibly and keep the following considerations in mind:

  • Only re-open your premises when you are confident that your staff and customers can work and move about safely.
  • If you are at all unsure on how to implement such changes safely, seek guidance.
  • Be mindful of caring, parenting and other responsibilities that may prevent some staff from returning to work immediately.
  • Consider whether you can help to ensure social distancing can continue on public transport by staggering shift times for staff.
Posted on Monday 11th May 2020