Help for businesses to reopen safely

As lockdown restrictions ease, we are offering a new package of support to help local businesses reopen safely.

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Footsteps pavement markings for social distancing How we can help you reopen safely

We are offering a new package of support to help businesses become 'Covid Secure' and safe for employees and customers.

Officers will visit your premises to help you reopen safely.

We can provide:

  • a free street marking service, to ensure a consistent approach to social distancing 
  • assistance with tables and chairs licence applications
  • support and templates for your Covid Secure Workplace Risk Assessments
  • guidance for food, licensed and hospitality premises preparing to reopen

Free street marking service

If you would like us to come and install social distancing pavement markings outside your premises for free, please fill in the form below and an officer will contact you within 1 working day.

Request social distancing street markings

For more information, email businesssocialdistancing@hillingdon.gov.uk or call 01895 277433.


Reopening of pubs, bars and restaurants

The government announced that pubs, bars and restaurants can open from Saturday 4 July and we are preparing a range of support services to assist these premises to open safely by providing:

•  assistance with tables and chairs licence applications

•  advice on the latest licensing relaxations for off-sales

•  support and templates for your Covid Secure Workplace Risk Assessments

•  guidance for food, licensed and hospitality premises

Businesses have been advised by the government to collect details and maintain records of staff, customers and visitors to their premises to support NHS Test and Trace. Find out more about the government's advice here.  

The latest government guidance on keeping workers and customers safe is available on the GOV.uk website.

If you are a hospitality business operator and would like advice on social distancing, health and safety, food safety or licensing, please email businesssocialdistancing@hillingdon.gov.uk or call 01895 277433.


Preventing Legionella

Local businesses are reminded to test their water systems and ensure they are preventing Legionella bacteria before reopening.

Read our guidance document [26KB]


Government guidance on workplace safety

The government has published guidance on keeping the workplace safe during the current pandemic. 

Read the guidance


Risk assessment

As an employer, you're required by law to protect your employees, and others, from harm. The minimum you must do is:

  • identify what work activity or situations might cause injury or illness, including transmission of the virus
  • think about who could be at risk
  • decide how likely it is that someone could be exposed
  • act to remove the activity or situation - or, if this isn't possible, control the risk

You should assess risks related to COVID-19 as part of an overall risk assessment review for all your activities in the workplace. For most small, low-risk businesses, the steps you need to take are straightforward - much of what you need to know is on the HSE website

You need to identify sensible measures to control risks. You can use our shop risk assessment checklist [685KB]  to help assist you in the development and implementation of your risk assessment of COVID-19. If you operate a pub, bar, club or restaurant you can use our  risk assessment checklist for restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaways [244KB]

Reopening your food business

Sector guidance has been provided to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely in the food sector and these should be read in conjunction with the government guidance.


More practical help for working safely

The following advice should be read in conjunction with the government guidance.

Page last updated: 03 Jul 2020