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Please find below the long awaited Cabinet Office update with the links to guidance for sectors which can reopen on 4th July.  On a number of documents I’m skimmed through there is a ‘more guidance to follow’ feel, so I would urge you to bookmark the relevant link and refer back to it regularly. I’ll keep emailing updates as I receive them.

Updates from BID

As promised, we will now start to focus on helping our pubs, hotels, restaurants, hairdressers etc reopen.  We want to make sure our Business Listings are as accurate and up to date as possible.  For new sectors opening up, we want to communicate with customers about when and how you will be opening.

Tourism Businesses: If you run a hotel, B&B etc please contact Penrith Tourist Information Centre.  They have kindly agreed to manage the business database of who’s doing what, when.  We don’t want to be running duplicate listings.  Charlie will need to know your location and how many bedrooms you are opening up in the first instance.  Please ring or email 01768 867466

Eden Tourism will then manage the PR campaign for the reopening and we will share the comms to Discover Penrith. If you have a good news story about your business, or you have a press release then please send it through to me and I’ll collate them and forward them on to Eden Tourism for inclusion in their newsletter, eshot etc.

I am still working my way through the guidance, but if you need help and support please just get in touch.

Other Sectors: We want to add the other new sectors to our business directory (copy attached). If you are a shop, café, restaurant, hairdresser etc who will be opening on or after 4th July please complete the attached form and send it back to me and send it back by email. If the questions don’t quite fit your business, please feel free to add whatever you think you need your customers to know and I’ll squeeze the information in! This is all about letting people know how they can safely become customers again.

If you need help or support, please ask!  If I am unable to help, Environmental Health at EDC are available to provide specific Health & Safety advice as well and are happy to receive calls or emails.

Email:  Telephone: 01768 212491

Data Protection and GDPR implications: One of the impacts of lockdown easing there are Data Protection considerations for businesses who are using personal information from their customers. For example, if you are going to take a booking and store a contact number for the customer.  The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has produced detailed guidance:

However, we have been made aware that the government are looking at software to be used by establishments to ensure customer data is being kept safely. I’m afraid this is a case of ‘more guidance to follow’ but you need to be thinking about the implications of collecting personal data.

Use of Outside Space:  We are aware that some businesses would like to be able to make use of the space outside their premises for customers. We’ve spoken to EDC about this and they will be reviewing the situation on a case by case basis. Individual businesses will need to apply for a license. So, we would encourage businesses who are interested to contact licensing at EDC:  There will be more guidance about how to do this from EDC to follow.

Cabinet Office Update

Yesterday, Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Tuesday 23 June) set out further changes to lockdown measures in England to enable people to see more of their friends and family, help businesses get back on their feet and get people back in their jobs.

From Saturday 4 July, the Prime Minister has announced that:

1) Pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines – updated guidance for all workplace settings can be found here:

2) Two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures – updated guidance on social distancing can be found here:

3) People can now enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites – guidance on opening up the visitor economy can also be found here:

4) In order to begin restoring the arts and cultural sector, some leisure facilities and tourist attractions may also reopen, if they can do so safely – this includes outdoor gyms and playgrounds, cinemas, museums, galleries, theme parks and arcades, as well as libraries, social clubs, places of worship and community centres – guidance on opening up the visitor economy can also be found here:

Following a review, the Prime Minister has also set out that where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission.

You can find the full press release here:

Please get in touch if you need help, support, someone to chat through a business decision with, pointing in the right direction, updates on good practise in town…

…you get the idea!

Stay safe



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