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As coronavirus restrictions are eased as part of the Government’s ‘COVID-19 Response - Spring 2021’ the Shop Safe Shop Local campaign is designed to ensure that employers and employees are aware of the information they need to work and travel safely.

Information and Support Available
Information supporting employers and employees in reopening the Tameside economy safely is available on this page and via - including the latest guidance on opening as well as travel options, queue management, how to stagger shifts and more.

Downloadable materials such as social distancing posters, risk assessments and workplace signage are available on the toolkit link above.

Business grant support is available to help support businesses that are reopening. Business owners are urged to check eligibility here.

Safely Reopening
Please check the government’s updated list of business that can reopen on 12 April as part of step 2 of the roadmap.

If you are satisfied that your business can open, you will need to put a plan in place so that we can safely reopen Tameside, protecting staff and customers across the borough.

The following links direct to government guidance covering a range of different types of work and are designed as a starting point to help you ensure your workplace is as safe as possible.
Eight steps to protect yourself, your staff and your customers during coronavirus.
  1. Complete a COVID-19 risk assessment, including consideration of the reasonable adjustments needed for staff and customers with disabilities. Share it with all your staff. Find out how to do a risk assessment.
  2. Clean more often. Increase how often you clean surfaces, especially those that are being touched a lot. Ask your staff, visitors or contractors to use hand sanitiser and wash their hands frequently.
  3. Remind your visitors and staff to wear face coverings in any indoor space or where required to do so by law, for instance using signage. This is an important reminder to help mitigate transmission. It is especially important if your customers are likely to be around people they do not normally meet. Some exemptions apply. Check when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own.
  4. Make sure everyone is social distancing. Make it easy for everyone to do so by putting up signs or introducing a one-way system that people can follow.
  5. Provide adequate ventilation. This means supplying fresh air to enclosed space where people are present. This can be natural ventilation through windows, doors and vents, mechanical ventilation using fans and ducts, or a combination of both. Read advice on air conditioning and ventilation from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).
  6. Take part in NHS Test and Trace by keeping a record of all your staff and contractors for 21 days. Check ‘Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace’ for details.
  7. Turn people with coronavirus symptoms away. If a staff member (or someone in their household) or a visitor has a persistent cough, a high temperature or has lost their sense of taste or smell, they should be isolating. Employers must not require someone who is being required to self-isolate to come to work. Any employer asking a worker to break self-isolation to work is committing an offence.
  8. Consider the mental health and wellbeing aspects of COVID-19 for yourself and others. The government has published guidance on the mental health and wellbeing aspects of coronavirus (COVID-19).

Four more things to be aware of if your business is a shop, retail store or a branch:
  • Ensure staff wear face coverings. By law, staff in retail settings must wear face coverings when in customer facing areas, unless they have an exemption.
  • Reduce crowding. Consider how many people can be in the space while remaining socially distant. Use floor markings to manage queues.
  • Help your staff maintain social distancing. Consider using barriers to separate staff and customers, introduce back-to-back or side-to-side working, and have staff work in the same team each day.
  • Communicate and train. Make sure all staff and customers are kept up to date with how safety measures are being used and updated.

These are the priority actions to make your business safe during coronavirus, you should also read the full versions of the guidance by business linked above.

Employers are being urged to follow a set of safely reopening guidelines, including:
  • Supporting home working wherever possible
  • Where possible, only bringing a proportion of their staff back at one time and staggering the working day by allowing some staff to start earlier and others to finish later to ease the peak on public transport.
  • Providing good hygiene facilities.
  • Enabling social distancing and where operationally impractical employers should implement measures to lower risk of transmission e.g. providing PPE
  • Boosting employee confidence by conducting and publishing a risk assessment
  • Workplaces, especially retail should boost confidence by displaying a notice visibly in their shop windows or outside their store to show their employees, customers and other visitors that they are implementing government guidance
  • Acknowledging the needs of individual employees, who may need to consider childcare or other responsibilities
  • Promoting good mental and physical health.

Tameside Town Centres are here for everyone
THERE are lots of brilliant resources and facilities across Tameside’s town centres which make them a welcoming place for all.

As COVID restrictions ease and town centres reopen residents are alerted to the accessible offer in place to support the community help everyone to feel confident in getting back out and about.
Getting into town
Disabled residents may be eligible for a pass that gives you free and low-cost travel in Greater Manchester and the rest of England under the English National Concessionary Travel Scheme. More info:
Ring & Ride offer free low-cost journeys to those who may find it difficult to access public transport in an accessible minibus with low entrance steps and tail-lifts. Residents over 70 or with a learning disability can use the service to travel for up to six miles from their home, as long as the journey is within Greater Manchester. More information here:
Those who are visually impaired or unable to access public transport due to disability may be could be eligible to buy vouchers for discounted travel taxis in taxis, private hire vehicles and community transport schemes. More info:
Digital Library Resources
There are a wealth of digital library resources available - eBooks and eAudiobooks with BorrowBox, eNewspapers with PressReader and eMagazines with Libby, these all have accessibility features - different font sizes, listening speeds, background colours which make the written world available to all, so everyone can experience the joy of reading.
All digital services are free to library members and are available 24/7. Large print and talking books are also available in all libraries with Dukinfield having the largest collection.
Leisure Activities
Active Tameside centres run their award-winning inclusion and disability service which includes a range of services, programmes and interventions aimed at removing barriers to enable everybody to live well, feel great and reach their potential.
Services include outreach targeted support, supported internships, adult day services and disability community respite – learn more about what’s on offer here:
Quiet Spaces
Tameside Council has quiet spaces across the borough, starting with Ashton Library. Individuals who are having a sensory overload in buildings involved in the scheme can request a set of ear defenders, ear plugs and sunglasses to use whilst on the premises.
The quiet spaces scheme is expanding across the borough and is being adopted by GP practices and Tameside Hospital’s Accident and Emergency unit.
Quiet spaces are also available at COVID-19 vaccination centres for those who may experience sensory difficulties when going for their vaccine. These were the result of engagement and feedback from learning disability and autism groups in the borough.
Primary Care Networks are also working closely with the Community Learning Disability Team to encourage uptake and support delivery of the vaccine to Learning Disabled and Autistic people to give them the best protection.
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