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Safely Reopening Tameside is part of the ‘Safely Reopening GM’ coordinated campaign across Greater Manchester. It’s designed to ensure that employers and employees are aware of the information they need to work and travel safely during the continuing pandemic.
 
Information supporting employers and employees in reopening the Greater Manchester economy safely is available via https://togethergm.org/reopening and will also be shared on social media using  #SafeGM. Find all the information you need to safely reopen your workplace over on the Safely Reopening GM digital toolkit. It includes advice on travel options, queue management, how to stagger shifts and more.
 
Please check governments updated list of which businesses can and can’t open under the updated Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) Regulations 2020.
 
If your business type is not listed or you are unsure if you can open, please contact us for advice by emailing publicprotection-es@tameside.gov.uk and our team will be happy to help you.
 
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.

*UPDATE*
As hospitality businesses begin to reopen their doors, it’s crucial that businesses within the sector implement the necessary measures to protect their staff and customers. This guide explains the steps that pubs, bars and restaurants need to take to reopen safely.
 
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.
   
Safely reopening Tameside: Five steps for businesses
  1. Carried out a COVID-19 risk assessment and shared the results with the people who work at your business;
  2. Have cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures in line with guidance;
  3. Taken all reasonable steps to help people work from home;
  4. Taken all reasonable steps to maintain a 2m distance in the workplace;
  5. Where people cannot be 2m apart, done everything practical to manage transmission risk. 
    There are lots of guides that have been produced by trade and industry bodies and these should be considered when carrying out your risk assessment. A list of useful guides can be found here.
As a business, you need to be aware of the risk of queues forming inside and outside of your business, and consider measures to both ensure social distancing is in place and reduce the risk to your customers and members of the public. This guide advises on how to safely managing queues.

There are lots of guides that have been produced by trade and industry bodies and these should be considered when carrying out your risk assessment. A list of useful guides can be found here.


To help with the return to work, a series of changes are being introduced by TfGM across the transport network, including:
  • Increased Metrolink frequency – with services running every 10 minutes – from June 22
  • Hand sanitiser dispensers placed at bus stations and interchanges by mid-June and assessing further roll out at key Metrolink stops
  • Discounted travel for people working more flexibly and travelling less often
  • Delivery of up to 200km of new, emergency active travel protected routes, traffic calming measures and increasing access to bikes – subject to confirmation of a £21.5m DfT funding bid.
  • An expansion of GM’s bike loan scheme and relaunching of cycle training to provide people with the confidence and skills to commute by bike.

Where homeworking is not possible, businesses and workers are being encouraged to:
  • Only use public transport if necessary – walk, cycle or drive instead
  • Wear mandatory face coverings on public transport from June 15

Employers are being urged to follow a set of ‘Safely Reopening GM’ 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.
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