Date published: 06 November 2020
Ten COVID Wardens have been trained by West Lindsey District Council to help businesses become COVID-secure and to keep shoppers and staff safe.
West Lindsey District Council, like many authorities across the county have been allocated funding from Central Government to support compliance and enforcement activity.
The Council has been allocated £46,000, which is being used to support COVID wardens in their role to engage, encourage and explain the current guidance to businesses across the district; and promote best practice around Covid-secure guidance.
The wardens are made up of existing staff as well as a number of agency staff and they will visit businesses to check that they are meeting the requirements, and to find out if they need any additional support in relation to them. Wardens will not have powers to take enforcement action and the Council would like to reassure businesses that they are there to provide support and to ensure they are operating safely.
Andy Gray, Housing and Enforcement Manager at West Lindsey District Council said:
“We want the wardens to be seen as a supportive tool for businesses to help them to operate in line with the Covid Secure guidance. So far, we have checked 50 businesses and the vast majority are operating really well. Those that aren’t will be provided with advice on what they need to do. By doing this work across the District we hope to be able to ensure that the rate of infection decreases and we need every business and every resident to play their part to make this happen.”
If you are aware of a business that you believe is not operating safely then you can report this via the Report a Business Trading Form.
New restrictions came into force on 5 November 2020 as part of the Government’s second national Lockdown.
The measures are time limited to the next four weeks - here is a quick break down of them.
Businesses including retail selling ‘non-essential’ items, leisure facilities, entertainment venues and personal care facilities must close. To find the full list of closures visit www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november.
Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs are also closed; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm).
Businesses wishing to seek advice should contact the Business Lincolnshire helpline on 01522 782189 or email email@example.com.
West Lindsey District Council are committed to keep its residents safe and would like to remind everyone to keep washing their hands regularly, wear a face covering in all indoor settings and keep a safe distance of 2 metres from other people.
Please also remember that mixing of households during the month-long lockdown is also not permitted indoors or in private gardens. You may meet one other person from another household in a public outdoor setting such as a park.
For more information on the current restrictions visit www.gov.uk/guidance/new-national-restrictions-from-5-november.