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HELPING HAND: Leader of Three Rivers District Council says they are doing everything they can to support local businesses

 Published on: 18th November 2020   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

The Leader of Three Rivers District Council has said the council are doing everything they can to support local businesses during this difficult time.

The latest four-week national lockdown is another severe blow to many businesses in the Three Rivers district which have been forced to temporarily close. 

The national restrictions apply in England until December 2 with all non-essential retail, including clothing shops, hairdressers, nail bars, vehicle showrooms, travel agents and betting shops, required to close, although it is legal to offer click and collect and mail order. 

Councillor Sarah Nelmes, Leader of Three Rivers District Council, said the council is doing everything it can to support local businesses. 

“The COVID pandemic has had a terrible impact on many businesses, particularly those which rely on face-to-face customers. 

“I’ve been hugely impressed to see first-hand how many local businesses have quickly adapted – whether by offering click and collect services, improving their online presence or in the case of cafes and restaurants, offering takeaways.”

Navigating the raft of new regulations to ensure compliance and the safety of their staff and customers is a potential minefield for small businesses.

But with the help and support of environmental health officers, many businesses continue to trade. 

Councillor Matthew Bedford, lead member for resources and shared services at Three Rivers District Council, said environmental health officers are working closely with local businesses to help them continue to operate safely. 

He said: “First and foremost their job is to protect the local community by ensuring that businesses comply with a wide range of laws.

“But the main focus is to give practical support to businesses. These are unprecedented times and the government guidance is constantly changing, and it’s different depending on the type of business. It’s new for all of us, so it’s completely understandable that some business owners may find it confusing.

“That’s where we can help. We can talk through the guidance with business owners to make sure they fully understand it, and advise them on the steps they need to take to keep their business operating within the law. 

For more information visit gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19 

For specific enquires on how to remain COVID secure, contact environmental health officers at envhealth@watford.gov.uk

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