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2 weeks ago
Dorset Chamber of Commerce & IndustryCOVID19 Business Support: the deadline to apply for the government’s three Coronavirus business interruption loan schemes and the Future Fund has been extended to Nov 30. For information about the loans and how to apply, see: www.british-business-bank.co.uk/ourpartners/coronavirus-business-interruption-loan-schemes/ ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago
New legally enforceable restrictions on businesses apply from 24 September
A series of new restrictions to try to stop the spread of coronavirus in England have been announced by the Prime Minister and are applicable from tomorrow, 24 September.
Those of specific relevance to businesses are as follows:
• People should work from home wherever possible
• Businesses selling food or drink, social clubs and other indoor leisure facilities, funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities, and bingo halls must be closed between 10pm and 5am. This includes takeaways but delivery services can continue after 10pm
• Pubs, bars and restaurants will be restricted to table service only (for groups of up to six), except for takeaways
• Face masks are now compulsory for bar staff and non-seated customers, shop workers, waiters, staff in close contact services and (from 23 September) also for customers in private hire vehicles or taxis (existing exemptions continue to apply)
• Fines for not wearing masks or following the rules have been increased to £200 for a first offence. Businesses must remind people to wear face coverings where mandated
• Employers must not knowingly require or encourage someone who is being required to self-isolate to come to work
Note that Covid-secure guidelines will now become legal obligations and businesses can be fined up to £10,000 for repeated breaches.
Please review full details of the Government’s latest announcements.
Businesses collecting NHS Test and Trace data must also display a QR poster by 24 September
From 18 September, the Government made it a legal requirement for certain businesses (see list below) to have a system in place to collect NHS Test and Trace data and keep this for 21 days. The data logged should include at least one name (a group’s ‘lead’ member), contact number, date of visit and arrival and, where possible, departure time.
From tomorrow, 24 September, when the NHS Covid-19 app becomes available, it will also be a legal requirement for the same venues to display an NHS Test and Trace QR poster, which enables visitors with the app to check in at that location.
The venues affected include those in the following sectors:
• leisure and tourism
• close contact services (such as salons)
• places of worship
• local authority venues (such as Libraries, Registration Offices, Leisure Centres and Town and Village Halls)
More information about the announcement
Further Q&As and details of the venues affected
Further information on how the Covid-19 app and the QR code poster works
You can create and download your customised QR code poster
If you have a venue outside of these mandatory categories that is visited by members of the public and has a space where people congregate, the Government would still encourage you to create a QR code poster for the entrance to that venue.
If your business or venue falls into one of the categories that should provide a customer log, and a visitor uses the NHS QR code to check in, they do not need to provide their contact details by any other route. However, a manual option for recording visitor contact details must also be available for those who do not have or do not wish to use the app.
From 18 September, regulations also came into force to ensure that hospitality businesses comply with the rule of six and maintain social distancing between customers. It is an offence for a business to fail to adhere to this when taking a booking, to allow entry to a group of more than six people or to fail to advise groups not to merge in ways that breach the rules. Business will also need to ensure adequate distance between tables (2m or 1m+) and prevent customers from dancing.
Please note that the businesses in the sectors above are legally required to adopt the measures described and can be fined up to £4000 for failing to comply. ... See MoreSee Less
1 month ago
This Is Alfred - News From ShaftesburyIf you have a shop, work from home or you trade from one of #Shaftesbury's industrial estates, your business may be new facing challenges which you’d never previously considered. Dorset Business Mentors’ Charlotte Bowater recently addressed the Shaftesbury Chamber of Commerce networking breakfast.
She tells Alfred how mentors can help traders and companies make informed decisions in these difficult times. Listen at 16:24 on Monday's Alfred Daily.
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3 months ago
This Is Alfred - News From Shaftesbury𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗳𝘁𝗲𝘀𝗯𝘂𝗿𝘆 𝗧𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝗖𝗼𝘂𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗹 𝗣𝗲𝗱𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗮𝗻𝗶𝘀𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝗦𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗻𝘁:
You'll be able to hear our interview with Cllr Piers Brown on Thursday's Alfred Daily programme on ThisIsAlfed.com.
Here's the full statement the council has issued on Wednesday afternoon.
Shaftesbury Town is unique with its array of wonderful independent High Street retailers, a town we are all proud to work and live in. Never has there been a time been so important than now to support our independent business as they start to recover from the challenges of the past three months. When you visit an independent local business you keep more money in the local community, support local jobs and enable our High Street to flourish.
Temporary safety measures to the High Street in Shaftesbury were introduced with effect from 15th June 2020 to align with government advice and enabling non-essential shops to re-open. From Saturday 4th July, the Prime Minister has announced that pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen.
While the infection rate continues to fall, the Prime Minister has been clear that the public must continue to follow social distancing guidelines to keep coronavirus under control. On 23rd June, the government issued further guidance around the relaxation of social distancing from 2m to 1m plus.
To practice social distancing with queues along pavements, one in and one out in the smaller shops creating potential queues outside shops, pedestrians would need to step into the road to keep the 1m+ distance. This is not safe and hence the temporary pedestrianisation in the High Street will be extended until 26th July.
The effect of the pedestrianised High Street will continue to be reviewed by the project team, Highways and Economic Development Officers on a weekly basis. No definitive timescales can be presented at this stage as these measures will continue to be reviewed in line with Government guidance.
On Monday 22nd June initial feedback was gathered from most businesses in the High Street. This feedback was based on the first week’s experience and further engagement has been planned to visit the rest of the business community over the course of this week.
On Tuesday 30th June a shopper survey and a High Street resident survey will be available for the public to complete via the Shaftesbury Town Council website and Facebook page.
It is important that the views of the public and business owners/ representatives are fully understood and the feedback collated accordingly. Once the initial feedback process is complete then the public response will be shared with the wider community.
Cllr Piers Brown, Lead Councillor for Economic Develop says:
“After a week and a half, the temporary pedestrianisation of Shaftesbury’s amazing independent high street has been a great success in achieving its main goal – allowing for social distancing and ensuring the public is safe and feel confident to shop. It is too early to fully evaluate its success so it is important we gauge feedback from businesses, residents and shoppers. If any businesses have concerns they are my concerns as well. We are aiming to support businesses to alleviate any issues they might be experiencing. The Business Manager and I have and continue to be actively gathering feedback from businesses after a full week of trading. We will also be hoping to find out the support needed for the hospitality sector to reopen on the July 4th (subject to government guidance).”
The government will continue to keep the public informed of the impacts of coronavirus on the UK, and the law and guidance that is in place to protect the public. In turn, Shaftesbury Town Council will continue to keep its business community and residents up to date as life starts to slowly return to the new normal. ... See MoreSee Less
4 months ago
Shaftesbury High Street is open for business!
It's been a great first week back for many of our High Street businesses, and thanks to the temporary pedestrianisation of the High Street from 9am to 4pm visitors to the town are able to move about safely while social distancing.
We look forward to welcoming more businesses and customers next week. Stay safe. ... See MoreSee Less
4 months ago
Am I the only one that sees this as an opportunity to change the trend of the demise of the high street - could the bold step of making it a more permanent feature of the town ensure the future and growth of our little high street and the business along it ,think how wonderful ,colourful ,vibrant and prosperous the town could be ,vibrant markets, random music /entertainers maybe some street theatre,absolutely anything is possible !!
Whilst it was excellent to get out and shop again, there are still some people who do not practice or understand 'social distancing'. I have to weave from side to side to avoid people whilst they seem to give no ground at all.
Hi. I am concerned, being a regular shopper (Twice a week) in Shaftesbury, as to why: 1.Not a single person, apart from the helpers at the top and bottom of the high street, is wearing a mask (In fact when I was there on Thursday I was the only person wearing one). Why are there no signs suggesting how important masks are? 2. In your photos, and from my personal experience being there, very, very few are keeping to the 2 & not even 1 metre social distancing rule? It's all very well having images on the road as to where you should safely walk but pointless if there is nobody to enforce or even point out the measures in place. I look forward to your reply.
Hmm the high street has not looked like that during the week. It’s been empty. In fact even emptier than during full lockdown. Running a business that’s been open all the time and open 7 days a week for the first month I should know. Put back the parking make it one way and it will be far better. A comment from a client who came in at about 12.30 yesterday’Shaftesbury is dead, you should see Blandford it’s packed’ Saying that at 11 there was a huge group congregating outside King Alfreds. Social distancing not being observed. The Council and Chamber should be concerned. By closing the High Street they are facilitating and encouraging the gathering of groups this is possibly illegal.
Wonderful to see so many people out and about in Shaftesbury, Dorset today. As our businesses start to recover its great to see so many people shopping locally and supporting our fabulous independent shops in the town. ☀️ Stay safe Shaftesbury!
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“It’s good to be back and it’s time we got on now,” said trader Quentin Edwards from Cools Farm in East Knoyle. The stallholders say they had a pleasing response in the terrible weather. We talk with fishmonger John Porch about the new pedestrianisation arrangements and Carolyn Hopkins of The Truckle Truck tells us why she’s joined the Thursday market stakeholders.
Listen to our interviews at 4:08 on Friday's Alfred Daily- thisisalfred.com/podcast/the-alfred-daily-19th-june-2020/.
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4 months ago