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Working Safely Updates


A slightly more personalised message from me this morning.  With just 4 days to go until so many of you will be reopening on Monday, I wanted to make sure you have all the latest guidance at your fingertips and that I am sharing the answers to some of the questions I am getting asked by a number of you.  If you have questions, please get in touch. Please don’t apologise for asking questions. We are all in this together – I am here to help and to share best practice, so call, email or text me and I’ll help as much as I can as quickly as possible. Things are fairly hectic, so sorry if my response times are a bit slower than usual!

Updates are below – please do take the time to read through and feed back if anything is unclear, if you have an concerns which are not addressed, or if you are experiencing problems which you need us to help with.

Stay safe




Covid-19 Secure Status

Firstly, if you intend to reopen next week, you will have to have completed a Covid-19 Secure Status process, following the government’s ‘Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19)’ guidance.  If you haven’t done anything yet, now is the time to act.

I’ve updated our Covid-19 page with the links to the government guidance, the poster for your window and the HSE risk assessment template and guidance. Visit for full details.

Please Spread the Word

Through our Discover Penrith social media channels we have a campaign to ensure shoppers feel safe and confident to visit town.

Please take the time to share/comment/like the messages – we need to reach as wide an audience as possible and as I’m sure you know, the more interactions a post receives, the wider the reach it will have.

Just in case you don’t know, we use Facebook for BID and Discover Penrith uses Facebook, Instagram and Twitter

We are working with other members of the Penrith Town Working Party (County, District and Town Councils, Chamber and Industrial BID) to increase the reach of this campaign.  We have the following key message “Welcome Back | Stay Safe | Please Respect Social Distancing”.

Business Database Now Live

The business database is now online, and EDC have given copies to their customer facing staff, so people can call up and ask for more information about which shops are open.  Our messaging is:

From Monday 15th June, many shops and businesses in Penrith will be reopening. Our business owners have worked hard to keep you and their staff safe.  Together, we can help our community recover.  Visit to find out which shops and businesses are trading, and how they will be serving their customers.”

If you haven’t sent in your details yet, please complete the template and return it to me at I will be doing regular updates throughout the coming weeks as businesses change their offering.  Link for the template is at

Car Parking

As a member of the Penrith Town Working Party we have signed our name to a letter being sent to EDC to request an extension to the free car parking on their carparks.  EDC have committed to free parking until the end of June and the letter requests an extension of this until “at least until September in order to help build confidence.”

Social Distancing / Managing your Queue

We have had confirmation from EDC that it will be the responsibility of the business owner to manage internal and external queues.  If you need help and advice on how you can do this safely, or how Covid-19 Secure status may affect other aspects of your business operations, EDC have recommending contacting their Environmental Health Team.

Hospitality Businesses

Please don’t think I have forgotten about you! Please excuse the lack of advice targeted at your sector. Rest assured, as soon as we have advice from government about reopening dates, we will be putting as much energy and resource into getting you back up and running, as we have done for retail this month. In the meantime, Eden Tourism Network (Part of EDC) are sending out regular updates, so if you don’t subscribe and would like to please email



1) PM’s statement at coronavirus press conference (10 June)

As per the PM’s statement yesterday evening, the government is satisfied that all five tests are still being met and we can proceed with the following further adjustments to the lockdown in England.

  • As confirmed by the Business Secretary earlier this week, shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June. It is vital that establishments ensure they are meeting Covid Secure guidelines before they reopen. Full details of workplace guidance here:
  • From this weekend, single adult households – adults living alone or single parents with children under 18– are allowed to form a “support bubble” with one other household. All those in a support bubble will be able to act as if they live in the same household – meaning they can spend time together inside each others’ homes and do not need to stay 2 metres apart. If any member of the support bubble develops symptoms, all members of the bubble will need to follow the normal advice on household isolation. Guidance:
  • Because the risk of transmission is lower outdoors; from Monday, outdoor attractionswhere people can stay in their cars, such as safari parks and drive-in cinemas will be allowed to open.
  • Finally, places of worship will open for individual prayer this weekend.

As set out in the government’s roadmap, the next set of changes – Step 3 – will not begin until 4 July at the earliest, as the evidence allows.

2) BAME business support webinar

Minister Nadhim Zahawi – invites the BAME business community to a Minister’s Question Time. Hosted by the Voice Newspaper, the African Caribbean Business Network (ACBN) and WinTradeGlobal Talks, hear about available support to assist small businesses to bounce back post-Covid-19 and ask business critical questions.

The free webinar will take place today, Thursday 11 June, at 5pm.

Register here:


3) DWP have launched two new campaigns:



Toolkits available here: employerhelp stakeholder toolkit. and jobhelp stakeholder toolkit




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