Businesses reopening from Monday, 17th May

From next week, we’ll be entering the next stage of the government’s roadmap for easing restrictions. This will allow for further businesses and indoor venues to reopen with COVID-secure measures in place.

From Monday 17 May:

    • Restaurants, pubs, bars and cafes can welcome customers indoors
    • Holiday accommodation, including hotels and B&Bs can reopen
    • Indoor entertainment and attractions such as cinemas, theatres, concert halls, bowling alleys, casinos, amusement arcades, museums and children’s indoor play areas will be permitted to open

To ensure you are prepared to safely welcome customers back, check the latest guidance online.  To support the NHS and break the chains of COVID-19 transmission, certain sectors are required to request and record the contact details of customers, visitors and staff.

Venues in hospitality, the tourism and leisure industry, close contact services, community centres and village halls must:

    • Ask every customer or visitor (over the age of 16) to provide their name and contact details
    • Keep a record of all staff working on their premises and shift times on a given day and their contact details
    • Keep these records of customers, visitors and staff for 21 days and provide data to NHS Test and Trace if requested
    • Display an official NHS QR code poster so that customers and visitors can ‘check in’ using the NHS COVID-19 app as an alternative to providing their contact details
    • Adhere to General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)

⚠️ Rapidly rising cases of COVID-19 in BCP

The threat from COVID-19 has never been greater locally. COVID-19 infection rates are currently doubling every five days in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

In the latest published seven-day data, 786 people in every 100,000 people have COVID-19 in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole – more than double the number the week before.*

Since New Year’s Day, someone has been admitted to hospital with COVID-19 every hour in the local area, and someone has died every six hours.

It is vital that we all stay at home. 1 in 3 people with COVID-19 don’t have any symptoms. Please don’t risk passing it onto others.

*Data for 7-day period ending 5 January 2021