Is your business ready for Step 3 on the roadmap?

waiter wearing face mask cleaning a table

With the national infection rate at its lowest point in months, the Government has confirmed the next step on the roadmap to easing restrictions will go ahead on 17 May.

Step 3 will see indoor hospitality start up again, along with indoor entertainment, attractions, any remaining sport for adults and events, although there will be a limit on numbers.

To help hospitality businesses, including coffee shops, cafes, pubs and restaurants, fully reopen the council is on hand to offer advice and guidance on how to make premises Covid-secure.

This includes offering table service, distance between tables, enhanced cleaning, hands, face, space and ventilation, as well as one way systems where possible. It also includes making sure NHS QR code posters are on display so customers can check in with the NHS Covid-19 app, and that venues also have a contact logbook for people to leave their details if they do not have access to the app.

The council also has an information officer available to visit local businesses, to find out if they have any questions about reopening and to distribute free #LoveLocal packs, which include queue stickers, posters, a window vinyl and social media templates.

Councillor Angela Lax, Cabinet Member for Regulatory, Housing & Health, said:

“The district is just not the same without all our amazing eating and drinking establishments being fully open, and I know we’ll all be very glad to start supporting them again.

“It’s really important that these businesses are well prepared so they can start welcoming back customers once more. We will continue to work with them to help set up social distancing measures and carry out their risk assessments, following government and HSE guidance.”

So far more than 500 local businesses have received almost £4 million through the Government’s Restart Grants scheme. However, the council is urging remaining non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, accommodation, gyms and sports facilities and personal care businesses to apply for a grant if they have not already done so.

Step 3 on the roadmap includes allowing:

  • Indoor entertainment and attractions
  • 30 person limit indoors and rule of six or two households
  • Domestic overnight stays
  • Organised indoor adult sport
  • Indoor hospitality
  • Most significant life events (up to 30 people)
  • Remaining indoor entertainment (including performances)
  • Remaining accommodation
  • Indoor events: 1,000 people or 50 percent capacity.
  • Outdoor events: 4,000 people or 50 percent capacity
  • Large seated outdoor venues: 10,000 people or 25 percent capacity
  • Domestic overnight stays
  • International travel  

Published: 11 May 2021