12 Jan Covid-19 business update | 10/01/2022 – Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
As part of Plan B and to prevent further lockdowns, the government have recently announced a number of steps to minimise any potential workforce or supply chain disruption caused by the rise of the more transmissible Omicron variant. Please keep up to date with government advice by looking at Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk) or Coronavirus Advice and Support – Southend-on-Sea Borough Council.
Display a poster or sign where face covering is required
Please remember, in places where wearing a face covering is required, businesses must display notices giving information about the requirement to wear a face covering, except in limited circumstances.
The notice must state any person present in the relevant business is required to wear a face covering, unless exempt or have a reasonable excuse not to wear one. This must be displayed in a conspicuous location at the relevant entrance to the place. The council’s Regulatory Services team will be carrying out checks to ensure that relevant businesses are displaying this signage, so if this applies to your business, please make sure you are displaying a poster or sign (see attached).
Example businesses can be found on this government webpage: Face coverings: when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own
Southend BID also provide free business templates COVID-19 posters from their website, which can be accessed here: Southend BID | Business Templates
Please encourage your staff to:
- Take up vaccinations and boosters
- Wear masks
- Ventilate workspaces
- Work from home where they can
- Report workspace outbreaks
Recent changes to practices that may affect your business include:
- reducing the isolation period from 10 to 7 days with 2 negative tests
- introducing daily contact testing, to prevent widespread need for self-isolation where someone hasn’t tested positive for COVID-19
- investing over £462 million to support workforce recruitment and retention in the adult social care sector
- using digital staff passports for NHS staff, which allow them to move between hospitals easily
- extending the Infection Control Fund until March 2022 to support staff self-isolation payments, testing and covering the costs of staff vaccination in care homes, supported by £388 million
- boosting the numbers of HGV drivers through quicker testing and skills bootcamps
- asking qualified teachers who are no longer in the profession to sign-up to temporarily fill absences and support schools to remain open in the new term
- adding care worker roles to the Shortage Occupation List to bolster our social care workforce
- working to speed up the registration of overseas nurses to practice in the UK – as a result 800 nurses have been able to register with the Nurse and Midwifery Council this week alone
Advice and guidance will continue to be updated on the Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance and support webpage and the council’s Coronavirus advice and support webpage, so please check these for up-to-date changes.
Economic Development Team
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
Floor 13, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, SS2 6ER