Covid-19 news and information for local businesses - 27 August 2020

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Plymouth business news

27 August 2020

You may have seen the news yesterday that the city is currently dealing with an outbreak of Covid-19 in Plymouth. Details of this outbreak and the press release from Plymouth City Council is below for your information, along with guidance and support that you may find useful. 

Having spoken with our colleagues in Public Health we would like to reassure you that the risks from this current outbreak are fairly contained now thanks to the swift work of the track and trace programme to identify those who need to self isolate. 

However this recent outbreak does mean that strong messaging is being shared to the public to remind everyone of the importance of adhering to the guidelines in place for everyone's safety and to avoid unknowingly passing on the virus to others. 

Please continue to uphold your current social distancing, track and trace and cleanliness measures to the high standards that you have been doing, and view the additional guidance below for measures and updated guidance which you may wish to implement

If you have any concerns or queries about this current outbreak or how to best ensure the safety of your staff and customers please click here

Important COVID-19 update from Plymouth City Council

Plymouth's director of public health Dr Ruth Harrell and the leader of Plymouth City Council, Councillor Tudor Evans OBE, have given a warning that we cannot be complacent about COVID-19.

The city’s public health team is currently dealing with an outbreak that could involve as many as 30 young people around the ages of 18 and 19, mainly from Plymouth, who have returned from holiday abroad last week.  At least 11 have now tested positive for COVID-19. A further separate outbreak in a factory was confirmed earlier this week.

With the Bank Holiday weekend looming, we are ramping up reminders to the public to stay safe and follow the guidance, reminding them of most important do’s and dont's.

Read more here

What your business can do

To ensure we're limiting risk as much as possible in Plymouth, make sure to regularly review and update your Covid-19 procedures. The guidance and toolkits below provide useful advice and measures that you can put in place to keep your staff and customers as safe as possible. 

  • Better Business for All Covid-19 toolkit - review the latest update to this Covid-19 toolkit for the latest advice and guidance on staying Covid-secure
  • Maintain social distancing measures for your customers, and continue to ask customers to wear masks if appropriate for your business 
  • Continue to monitor customer details where required for track and trace 
  • Ensure staff are wearing the correct and appropriate PPE 
  • Review the Plymouth Guide to reopening safely for hints and tips on how to make sure you're continuing to operate safely 
  • See the Plymouth City Council website for support and advice for businesses 
  • If you require any social distancing signage to assist in communicating this in your business please contact us here to receive a free signage pack 

If you have concerns issues, concerns or need advice on Coronavirus please email the Public Health Team at or call 01752 668000. 

How to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak in your business

In the event that your business is affected by COVID-19, good communications will go a long way to support your staff, reassure customers and neighbours, and protect your reputation.

This toolkit will help your business take the right steps to recovery. It complements the support that your local public health team will give you on operational matters.

View the toolkit here


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