District council says it's here to help businesses get back on their feet

  Posted: 20.07.20 at 09:19 by Francesca Evans

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As businesses re-open across East Devon, the district council is working constructively and pragmatically to ensure that it supports them through this all-important phase while maintaining a strong focus on public health and supporting livelihoods.

The council wants to help businesses operate legally, taking into consideration such factors as licensing and public safety as well as helping firms be COVID-19 compliant.

Whilst the council says it appreciates that businesses need to begin trading successfully again, they must take steps to help their customers stay safe, social distance and. This includes ensuring customers wear face masks in shops from July 24.

The council can help businesses comply with these regulations with advice and, if you do need help, contact the environmental health team by emailing [email protected].

The forthcoming government relaxation of pavement licenses comes into force in early August and East Devon will be administering these licenses.

In the meantime any hospitality business that wishes to expand their outside trading or licensable area needs to be aware that a Temporary Events Notice (TENs) and landowner permission is required.

For a TENs license, you need to apply at least five working days in advance and more information is available on our website how to apply for a temporary event notice.

Cllr Paul Hayward, the district council’s portfolio holder for economy, said: “The urgency to ensure the safe re-opening of our economy cannot be over-stated, and it will necessitate strong partnership working between the district council and the local business community.

“Throughout this journey away from the COVID crisis, the district council does need to respectfully, but firmly, remind all businesses that they must, at all times, comply with the existing legal obligations to keep people safe and the virus under control.

“Council is doing its utmost to assist and support our local economy during these difficult times but we do still have to abide by rules and regulations, as frustrating as that may be for those who simply want to “keep calm and carry on.

"We are here to help, not to hinder, as your success and financial security is as important to East Devon as anything the Council can do.”

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