Published: Friday, 26th February 2021
The Borough Council of King’s Lynn and West Norfolk is set to help businesses in west Norfolk to become Covid-secure.
With the recent announcement by the government of proposed plans to ease restrictions, the council will be supporting businesses with advice and guidance on ways to manage the risk from coronavirus and operate safely.
Starting the week commencing 1 March, and for the next six weeks, the council - together with the HSE - will be contacting businesses to understand how they are operating and provide help on what measures they might need to adopt to protect staff, customers, and visitors.
Councillor Stuart Dark MBE, Portfolio Holder for Environmental Services and Public Protection said: “Businesses across west Norfolk have made huge efforts to adapt their services and protect the public over the last year and we are hugely grateful to them all for everything that they have done.
“We know that this has been a very difficult time for businesses, and we are here to support them, helping them to become Covid-secure as they get ready to reopen.
“Our team is on hand to provide advice and guidance, and support businesses to implement the Covid-safe measures that will allow them to operate safely.”
Businesses across west Norfolk will be contacted by telephone initially to discuss the measures that they are putting in, and what additional support they might need to implement. Whilst any business could receive the support, initially businesses where there is high footfall – such as convenience stores, pharmacies, post offices, and retail shops at petrol stations – will be contacted.
Whilst the council will be offering support and advice, any persistent, deliberate or serious deficiencies would be escalated as necessary.
Councillor Dark commented: “This has been such a challenging time for businesses and as we can now look forward to reopening, we want to support local companies to become Covid-secure, so that they can resume operating safely, securely, and with confidence.”
The following video explains Covid-19 risk assessments for business: