With the continued challenge of reducing the spread of COVID-19 infections in our local area, Waverley Borough Council’s Environmental Health team will be working with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the coming weeks to offer businesses extra support and advice around coronavirus guidelines. Together they are contacting businesses directly to help them take the right precautions to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Waverley.
During the checks, businesses will get support and guidance which will help them to manage COVID-19 risk and protect their staff, customers and visitors. For further information on how to manage the risk of coronavirus in different business sectors please read the government guidance.
Councillor Nick Palmer, Waverley Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Operational and Enforcement Services, said: “Although cases of coronavirus in Waverley have been reducing in recent days, we all have a part to play in maintaining this downward trend and to ensure everyone stays safe in the borough. Whilst the vast majority of businesses are taking their responsibilities really seriously, we need every single one to do their bit to help us to control the risk and protect people from the spread of coronavirus.
In the coming weeks, we will be talking to local businesses in Waverley to offer helpful advice and to understand how they are managing risks in line with their specific business activity. All businesses are in scope for these spot checks.”
HSE and local authority inspectors are finding some common issues across a range of sectors that include: failing to provide arrangements for monitoring, supervising and maintaining social distancing, and failing to introduce an adequate cleaning regime particularly at busy times of the day.
We have a range of information around COVID-19 and businesses on our dedicated business website and you can also visit GOV.UK for the latest information and safer business guidance.