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Reporting Single Cases & Managing Outbreaks
Hartlepool businesses are encouraged to complete an online form and to access national action cards which detail actions your business can take to report cases, details are available here. Hartlepool Borough Council would strongly encourage businesses to contact Hartlepool Borough Council’s Public Protection Team for timely responses. The team can be contacted via telephone at (01429) 284024 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information regarding single cases and outbreaks.
Latest Covid-19 news and updates for employers, employees & businesses*
Covid-19 Local Restrictions in Hartlepool
Hartlepool Borough Council recently applied for tighter restrictions and more resources from the Government in response to a sharp rise in Covid-19 cases. The application was sent to Public Health England for approval and subsequently Health Secretary Matt Hancock. From Saturday 3rd October at 00:01am, tighter restrictions came into force in Hartlepool from the Government as a result of the rising Coronavirus cases. To read a full overview of the new Government rules please click here. In response to further restrictions, the Council have requested £4 million of Government Covid-19 support with £1.6 million to support local businesses, please read more here.
A three tiered system will come into place on Wednesday 14th October as announced by the Prime Minister. Hartlepool has been allocated to the ‘high’ category. For full details of the level restrictions please read Hartlepool Borough Council’s statement here.
Covid-19 related business news recently announced from the Prime Minister:
- The Government are once again asking office workers who can work from home to do so. (Details here)
- From 24th September 2020 all pubs, bars and restaurants must operate table-service only, except for takeaways. Together with all hospitality venues, takeaways must close at 10pm – though deliveries can continue thereafter.
- The requirement to wear face coverings will be extended to include staff in retail, all users of taxis and private hire vehicles and staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except when seated at a table to eat or drink. (Details here)
- In leisure, tourism and other sectors, the Covid-secure guidelines will become legal obligations including the track and trace requirements with the recommendation for businesses to create a NHS QR code in line with the NHS Covid-19 app. (Details here)
- Businesses will be fined and could be closed if they breach these rules. Fines for not wearing face coverings or following rules increased to £200 for first offence.
*As requirement are subject to change, please visit here for the most updated guidance and FAQS. Please click here for the Government’s business support details which provides a full overview of business requirements and guidance for specific industries.