New advice guidance to help businesses trade during Covid-19

STAFFORDSHIRE businesses are being urged to download a series of guides to help them trade safely through Covid-19 (coronavirus) as restrictions start to lift.

With many businesses having to change the way they operate and trade, Staffordshire County Council’s Trading Standards service is highlighting some of the guidance which is available to support businesses through these challenging times.

The Coronavirus pandemic has disrupted many industries and businesses, With restrictions forcing them to adapt swiftly to "the new normal". The travel and hospitality industries have been particularly affected, and there remains many important questions about social distancing for tradesmen when undertaking household work during the lockdown.

The free government-backed guides provide businesses and traders with practical advice and guidance on operating safely in a number of key sectors.

The guides are continuously updated as the law and advice changes and can be downloaded free from the Business Companion website https://www.businesscompanion.info/focus/coronavirus-covid-19

Gill Heath, Cabinet Member for Communities at Staffordshire County Council, pictured, said:

“The coronavirus pandemic has changed the way we all live our lives and for most companies, it will have effected most aspects of their business.

"It is vital that companies know exactly what is expected of them, are able to understand the law and trade safely and the free guides will help them do this.

“So, whether it is advice on how to follow the law if embracing take-away and food deliveries, understanding holiday cancellations for travel businesses or knowing what the rules are for household work visits under lockdown, the guides will have the answers.”

The guides have been published by the Chartered Trading Standards Institute (CTSI) and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to help guide businesses in those industries.

Staffordshire businesses can also get advice on trading under the Coronavirus restrictions by contacting the county council’s Trading Standards Service on 01785 277855.



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