Chamber Chat with Erica Lewis

September 08, 2020 - 12:00pm

Chamber Chat with Erica Lewis

Thank you to every business and organisation that has worked hard to wade through the government guidelines to reopen safely. As your city council, we’ve tried to be with you every step of that journey, from support through lockdown with the Covid grants, to the more than 1,000 site visits made to support reopening. We’re continuing to work with local business organisations and businesses to improve public confidence in returning to our shops and venues across the district. 

While many businesses have worked very hard to safeguard staff and the public in their plans to reopen, there are always a few who either can’t meet the rules, or don’t think they have to. Where business owners have proven unable or unwilling to meet the requirements, we have taken action, including the closure of venues. Venues are only closed where offers of support, guidance and warnings have not resulted in sufficient improvement. However, for the safety of staff, residents and visitors, these actions have proven necessary in a small number of cases. Remember if you need help in safely reopening your business or organisation please contact  econdev@lancaster.gov.uk or call  01524 582000.

September is the time we usually welcome back our student residents, our buses fill up, and the shops & pubs get busier. This year will not be the usual return to campus, but both universities have done extensive work to plan for the return of students and staff. Plans have been made through the Lancashire Resilience Forum as to how we can best manage our annual population bump, considering topics such as accommodation, transport, testing and communication. However, the fundamentals of the public health message remain; wash your hands, cover your face when inside public spaces (unless you are exempt), and maintain your 2m distance.