Getting back to business

Getting back to business

Tandridge District Council is launching a campaign to back local businesses as they start to reopen from 15 June 2020, in line with government guidelines.

The Council is working closely with the Caterham and Oxted Business Improvement Districts and Lingfield Chamber of Commerce, as well as district and parish councillors to help get the district back in business, kick start the local economy and encourage residents to shop local.

Shops selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June, as long as they follow the COVID-19 guidelines set out by the government. These include high street retailers and department stores, book shops, electronics retailers, tailors, auction houses, photography studios, indoor markets and shops selling clothes, shoes and toys.

Employers must display a notice visibly in their shop windows or outside their store to show employees, customers and other visitors they have followed the guidance.

To reduce the risk of catching or spreading the coronavirus, residents and office workers should:

  • Stay safe and shop local.
  • Keep their distance and to protect themselves and others.
  • Stay at home if they are unwell.
  • Be patient if queuing.
  • Walk or cycle wherever possible to the high street, only using public transport if there is no other option.

Any businesses planning to reopen are encouraged to contact customer services with their details, so these can be included in the Council’s e-newsletters, on its social media channels and on our website.

The Council Offices have remained open for essential visits only, with most council staff working from home. The Council is busy getting its offices ready to ensure staff can return to work safely. The reception remains closed and customers are encouraged not to drop into the offices as there may not be someone available to see them. Ideally, they should use the Council’s website to find information and request services. Appointments can be booked with officers if necessary. There is also a letterbox just outside the main doors to the offices which is emptied every day, if customers need to drop off any paperwork.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Tony Elias, said: ‘It’s so good to see the reopening of more businesses, as it’s an important step in our economic recovery. Our businesses rely on residents, visitors and office workers and have worked hard to ensure they can reopen safely. Please do stay safe and shop local.”

The reopening of high streets has been greatly helped by the funding from the European Union’s ‘European Regional Development Fund’ and the support from the UK government.

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