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Reopening High Streets Safely

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Action Plan

Ribble Valley Borough Council has produced an action plan in respect of safely reopening the high streets.

Five steps to working safely

Practical actions for businesses to take based on five main steps.

Make sure you read all the guides relevant to your workplace. Each guide has specific actions for businesses to take based on these steps. Further guidance will be published as more businesses are able to reopen.

1. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment

Before restarting work you should ensure the safety of the workplace by:carrying out a risk assessment in line with the HSE guidance

  • consulting with your workers or trade unions
  • sharing the results of the risk assessment with your workforce and on your website.

2. Develop cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures

You should increase the frequency of handwashing and surface cleaning by:

  • encouraging people to follow the guidance on hand washing and hygiene
  • providing hand sanitiser around the workplace, in addition to washrooms
  • frequently cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces that are touched regularly
  • enhancing cleaning for busy areas
  • setting clear use and cleaning guidance for toilets
  • providing hand drying facilities – either paper towels or electrical dryers

3. Help people to work from home

You should take all reasonable steps to help people work from home by:

  • discussing home working arrangements
  • ensuring they have the right equipment, for example remote access to work systems
  • including them in all necessary communications
  • looking after their physical and mental wellbeing

4. Maintain 2m social distancing, where possible

Where possible, you should maintain 2m between people by:

  • putting up signs to remind workers and visitors of social distancing guidance
  • avoiding sharing workstations
  • using floor tape or paint to mark areas to help people keep to a 2m distance
  • arranging one-way traffic through the workplace if possible
  • switching to seeing visitors by appointment only if possible

5. Where people cannot be 2m apart, manage transmission risk

Where it’s not possible for people to be 2m apart, you should do everything practical to manage the transmission risk by:

  • considering whether an activity needs to continue for the business to operate
  • keeping the activity time involved as short as possible
  • using screens or barriers to separate people from each other
  • using back-to-back or side-to-side working whenever possible
  • staggering arrival and departure times
  • reducing the number of people each person has contact with by using ‘fixed teams or partnering’

The Council will receive up to £53,771 of funding from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit

Temporary Highway Adjustments

In accordance with the Reopening High Street Safely Fund Guidance in June 2020 Ribble Valley Borough Council implemented a number of public realm changes to enable shoppers to return to the high street safely and confidently. These changes as set out within the June action plan. on 29 July 2020 all of the temporary highway adjustments were removed following the introduction of free parking and the mandatory requirement to wear face coverings in shops.

Ribble Valley High Streets - Shoppers Survey

In July 2020 a survey of residents was undertaken to obtain the publics' opinions of the highway adjustments and to understand the publics' reation to the introduction of mandatory face masks within shops.

1190 electronic responses were received along with 22 responses from the Clitheroe on-street survey on 21 July. The results of the survey are appended to the July action plan.

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