For those areas still in Covid Tier 1, here is a summary of the current rules. Note that a change of Tier will impose a different set of rules.
Some of you will have already received this but it is important to reiterate the points made and make sure we are all working together to keep our rate down.
Covid-19 Update from The Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead to the business community.
Following the announcement by the Prime Minister on the three-tiered COVID alert levels, a series of new guidance has been published. The what you need to know guidance provides information on local COVID alert levels, including what they mean, why they are being introduced and what the different levels are.
Here in the Royal Borough we are currently in a medium risk area but we are very close to being moved into the high risk category if the numbers of COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population continues to rise as they have done recently.
It is everyone’s responsibility to play their part in reducing the transmission of the virus and we are asking for your help to ensure we do not move up into the high-risk category.
If we move into the high-risk category there will be no social mixing allowed indoors at all which will have a further impact on the local economy in the borough.
The council’s environmental protection team and licensing team will be proactively visiting businesses in the borough to ensure that everyone is complying with the legislation and running a COVID-19 secure venue. If businesses are found not to be complying the authority does have the power to ask the business to close.
We know that the vast majority of businesses have been playing their part but unfortunately, we are receiving reports of businesses that are not, which is disappointing.
Here’s a reminder of the current rules in place for businesses and members of the public.
Customers in private hire vehicles and taxis must wear face coverings.
Customers in hospitality venues must wear face coverings, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. Staff in hospitality and retail are also be required to wear face coverings
People who are already exempt from the existing face covering obligations, such as because of an underlying health condition, will continue to be exempt from these new obligations.
By law face coverings and visors should be worn in close contact services.
Staff working on public transport and taxi drivers will continue to be advised to wear face coverings.
Businesses selling food or drink (including cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants), social clubs, casinos, bowling alleys, amusement arcades (and other indoor leisure centres or facilities), funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls, must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This will include takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm.
In licensed premises, food and drink must be ordered from, and served at, a table.
Customers must eat and drink at a table in any premises selling food and drink to consume indoors, on site.
Businesses will need to display the official NHS QR code posters so that customers can ‘check-in’ at different premises using this option as an alternative to providing their contact details.
Businesses and organisations face stricter rules to make their premises COVID-19 secure
A wider range of leisure and entertainment venues, services provided in community centres, and close contact services will be subject to the COVID-19 secure requirements in law and fines of up to £10,000 for repeated breaches.
Employers must not knowingly require or encourage someone who is being required to self-isolate to come to work.
Businesses must remind people to wear face coverings where mandated.
Further information for businesses
More information from government can be found online www.Gov.uk/coronavirus
Downloading an NHS QR code for your business and guidance on reporting any COVID-19 cases https://myroyalborough.com/blog/nhs-qr-posters
Alert level posters are available for businesses to download and display - https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/local-covid-alert-level-posters
The government postcode tracker to find out the coronavirus restrictions in a local area is now live: https://www.gov.uk/find-coronavirus-local-restrictions