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Tailormade toolkit launched to support businesses across Norfolk to stay open and stay safe

18 August 2020

A tailormade toolkit has been launched by Norfolk County Council to support businesses of all sizes and across all sectors to play their part in operating as safely as possible to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The kit, which has been developed by Norfolk’s Public Health team and representatives from local businesses, focuses on NHS Test and Trace and the implications for employers including: workplaces, restaurants, pubs and cafes, places of worship, leisure and entertainment facilities, hairdressers, salons, barbers and public venues.

NHS Test and Trace plays a crucial role in minimising the risk of further outbreaks of coronavirus. The kit, which is free and easy to use and download, contains:

  • An update on social distancing guidelines
  • Tips for employers
  • A guide to NHS Test and Trace
  • What to do in the event of an outbreak on your premises, including how to report it
  • Professionally-designed printable posters for staff and customers for use in premises in a variety of languages
  • Resources for workers
  • Posters for restaurant and pubs
  • Grid and guidance for taking customer details for test and trace tracking
  • A sign up facility for further updates as additional guidance, posters and leaflets become available or are required

It follows an earlier business toolkit issued in May which gives general advice about how employers can play their part by adopting measures appropriate to their premises and staffing to reduce the risk of transmitting the virus.

Also published earlier this month was a kit aimed specifically for tourism businesses and accommodation providers.

This contains:

  • A tourism information leaflet
  • Information posters for guests and tourists
  • A process for handling guests with suspected coronavirus

Graham Plant, Deputy Leader of the Council and Cabinet Member for Growing the Economy at Norfolk County Council, said: “It’s great to see businesses across Norfolk have now been able to begin reopening after the lockdown period, and we’re grateful to them for the great lengths they’ve gone to become Covid secure. But it is vital that we all continue to do everything we can to limit the spread of Coronavirus in Norfolk. Businesses have a key role to play in this, from educating and keeping staff safe, to helping NHS Test and Trace to function effectively. These toolkits can help businesses to operate safely and play their part in tackling Coronavirus.”

Norfolk County Council has developed a variety of free resources in since the beginning of the pandemic to provide the latest information and advice on how to protect ourselves, protect others, and protect Norfolk. They include 12 toolkits, 51 posters, more than 80 social media graphics on a wide variety of topics from hand washing and social distancing, to scam and community support advice plus posters for pubs and restaurants. More than 100 translated versions of the materials are available. With individual documents and posters already downloaded a total of 26,677 times at the time of writing, the kits are available for individuals, partners, organisations and businesses to help remind the public of how to stay safe.

Chris Starkie, chief executive of New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Businesses have a key role to play in the NHS Test and Trace programme. It’s vital that workplaces are safe for staff and customers, so understanding this system will give employers the reassurance that they need.”

View the toolkits.

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