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Penrith Road Closure: Business Owner Survey

Just a reminder to those of you who have not yet completed the survey we are running in partnership with Penrith Chamber. Tomorrow is the last day the survey will be online, so please follow the link if you would like to take part and have your say:


We have had confirmation that EDC will collate a list of businesses taking part in the #EatOutToHelpOut scheme, through the Tourist Information Centre.

If you have signed up, please let me know and I’ll share your information to Discover Penrith social media channels as well as pass on the details to the TIC.

Track and Trace Good Practise

EDC have made me aware of a good low-tech data collection system to assist with track and trace. An individual card is given to the customer on entry for them to fill out. The completed card is then placed in an envelope. At the end of the night the envelope is sealed and safely stored. After 21 days the envelope is securely destroyed.  This system fulfils Trace and Trace and Data Protection requirements.  It is important that customers are not able to see the data from other customers, as this would be a breach of data protection.

Cabinet Office Update

Please find today’s key government updates below:

1) Face coverings mandatory in shops and supermarkets in England 
The government has announced that face coverings will be mandatory in shops and supermarkets from 24 July 2020.

Under the new rules, people who do not wear a face covering will face a fine of up to £100, in line with the sanction on public transport and just as with public transport, children under 11 and those with certain disabilities will be exempt.

The liability for wearing a face covering lies with the individual.

Should an individual without an exemption refuse to wear a face covering, a shop can refuse them entry and can call the police. The police have formal enforcement powers and can issue a fine. This is in line with how shops would normally manage their customers and enforcement is of course a last resort.

You can read the Health Secretary’s full statement here – – and details for how to make a face covering can be found here –

2) Disposing of business waste (including PPE and face coverings)
New guidance on how to dispose of your personal or business waste, including face coverings and personal protective equipment (PPE), during the coronavirus pandemic has been published here:

Key details include:

  • Provide extra bins for your staff and customers to throw away their waste face coverings and PPE used for social distancing, and any other additional waste, such as takeaway packaging and disposable tableware;
  • Make sure that staff and customers do not put face coverings and PPE in a recycling bin as they cannot be recycled through conventional recycling facilities;
  • Make sure bins are emptied often so they do not overflow and create litter;
  • You can put used disposable face coverings and PPE in an ‘offensive waste’ collection (yellow bags with a black stripe), if you have one; and
  • Ask your waste contractor if there is anything else you need to do.

3) Eat Out to Help Out registration
Restaurants and other establishments serving food for on-premises consumption can now register for the Eat Out to Help Out scheme.

You can register if your establishment:

  • Sells food for immediate consumption on the premises;
  • Provides its own dining area or shares a dining area with another establishment for eat-in meals; and
  • Was registered as a food business with the relevant local authority on or before 7 July.

For further details and to register your business please visit: Registration will close on 31 August.


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