Covid-19 Business Update | 22/01/2021

Covid-19 Business Update | 22/01/2021

Did you know that a patient is being admitted to hospital with COVID-19 every 30 seconds? Hospitals are fuller now than at any other time during the pandemic – to help reduce infections and manage the strain on the NHS please use face coverings and visors correctly and remember: Hands, Face, Space.

 

Business Support and Workplace COVID-19 Testing

If a member of your staff informs you they have tested positive for COVID-19, you should report this to Southend Borough Council in line with the national guidance from Public Health England (PHE). You can do this by calling 01702 212497 or by email. Following this, specialist officers will be able to provide support and guidance about how you can ensure your business operates safely to minimise the impact on your customers and staff. By reporting cases you may also be eligible to access COVID-19 tests to screen your staff on-site, to help limit infections in your workplace and support with business continuity. 

 

Lateral Flow Device Test (LFD)

We actively encourage businesses of all sizes in Southend who have employees who are permitted to leave home for work to have a regular weekly test for COVID-19 at one of the Southend Lateral Flow Device testing sites in Southend.

The sites are based at St Aiden’s Church Hall in Leigh/Eastwood, Shoebury Youth Centre in Shoebury and Southend University Square in central Southend.  Booking is via:
www.southend.gov.uk/university-square-lfd-booking
www.southend.gov.uk/st-aidans-lfd-booking
www.southend.gov.uk/shoebury-lfd-booking

FAQ’s available at www.southend.gov.uk/gettested 

 

Face Coverings and Visors

There has been some confusion about the correct use of face coverings and visors. A reminder about proper use is below – in short face coverings must be worn in addition to visors or face shields in order to comply with the regulations.

In the context of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, a face covering is something which safely covers the nose and mouth. Face coverings are a source control which may protect others if worn by people who are infected and have not developed symptoms.  They are required to be worn as a public health protection measure under the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Wearing of Face Coverings in a Relevant Place) (England) Regulations 2020 (as amended) for specific sectors and settings. It is important to note that the guidance on face coverings clarifies how to wear them and does not allow the option of wearing a visor or face shield instead of a face covering.

The function of face shields/visors is to protect the wearer from droplets emitted by other people (and typically provides a barrier between the wearer and the client from respiratory droplets caused by sneezing, coughing or speaking) and these may be classed as personal protective equipment (PPE).  They should cover the forehead, extend below the chin, and wrap around the side of the face. Both disposable and re-usable visors are available. In addition to good hand hygiene and surface cleaning, people providing close contact services can wear a face covering, to prevent the spread of infection from themselves to others; and a visor or face shield, to protect themselves.

Goggles may be used as an alternative to a clear visor, when worn with a face covering. Goggles provide eye protection to the wearer. To be worn in place of a clear visor, goggles must be close fitting with no obvious openings or vents that would otherwise allow droplets to enter the eyes. Reusable eye protection should be cleaned according to the manufacturer’s instructions. 

 

Business grants

There is now a single application form for all Local Restrictions Support Grant applications (LRSG Closed/Open/Sector/One Off Payment). This should remove any confusion as to which grant to apply for – businesses should make a single application and the team at the Council will ensure your application is processed against the eligible funding. This includes LRSG grants for businesses as a result of Tier 4 and Tier 5 restrictions (current lockdown situation). For full eligibility guidance and award amount for grants, please see this page.

A different application form is still required for applications for wet-led pubs which is available at the link below.

We have now received instruction from central Government for the Additional Restrictions Grants (ARGs) a form to apply for this grant will be coming soon.

More information about grants can be found here and information is regularly updated.  If you need to discuss your ongoing grant application and it has been 10 days or more since your submission, please call 01702 215001 or email businessrates@southend.gov.uk.

Jamie Langstone
JLangstone@savs-southend.co.uk