Council urges businesses in Denbighshire to follow social distancing guidelines

Denbighshire County Council is urging people and businesses to continue to follow public health guidance for social distancing.

With some businesses in Wales being allowed to re-open, such as garden centres, the Council is reminding residents and businesses that Welsh Government guidance is clear and that people should generally stay at home and only go out for exercise locally and shopping for essentials.

Social distancing requirements must be followed at all times.

Cllr Mark Young, the Council’s Lead Member for Planning, Public Protection and Safer Communities, said: “Whilst we all want to see a return to normal as soon as possible it’s vital that we follow the guidance from Welsh Government.  Social distancing is a key part of controlling the virus and businesses can play their part by ensuring social distancing is maintained in and around their premises.”

All businesses permitted to open must implement procedures to ensure a distance of two metres between people, staff and customers, and proprietors should be reminding staff to only come to work if they are well and no one in their household is self-isolating.

To protect staff and customers, it is wise to manage entry into the premises, only allowing a limited number of people at any given time.

Signage should be clear and remind customers with symptoms not to enter as well as to remind staff and customers to always keep two metres apart while on the premises or waiting in a queue.

Regular hand washing and cleaning of surfaces should be common practice and business owners should consider any measure that removes the need for close contact such as contactless payment and plexiglass barriers.

Councillor Young added: “It seems social distancing will be around for some time and we should all play our part.  Although we have focus on the retail sector these measures apply to all businesses whether they are public facing or not, large or small, retail or manufacturing, and also to the public when they have left home.  We ask everybody to adhere to the requirements and respect others around them.”

Officers from the Council’s Public Protection teams will be monitoring compliance at businesses over the coming weeks.

Anybody wishing to raise concerns about social distancing at a business premises can report it via 01824 706000 on or online at www.denbighshire.gov.uk

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