ADVICE has been issued to shoppers and traders ahead of non-essential businesses reopening in Coventry City Centre on Monday, April 12.
Following the Government’s roadmap, shops and outdoor food and drink venues will be able to re-open.
If the roadmap continues as planned, hospitality venues will reopen indoor areas on May 17.
The council is keen to work with businesses on the first steps of reopening, ensuring restrictions are followed closely to help ensure people can enjoy their visit safely.
Davina Blackburn, Strategic Lead of Regulation at Coventry City Council, said: “Whilst I’m sure many people are looking forward to eating out and meeting up again to enjoy outdoor hospitality venues and visiting non-essential shops, we do want to remind people to do so whilst abiding by the Government guidelines.
“Therefore, we also need to make sure that businesses are following the steps to operate effectively and safely, and so we want to help support businesses as they re-open, whether that means granting pavement licences for businesses or reviewing Covid risk assessments, we want to make sure that everyone can enjoy themselves safely.”
Venues have been reminded to refer to the conditions on their premises licence, as these will remain in force, and also been offered support and advice if necessary via the Council’s Licensing Team.
Anybody planning to visit a restaurant or bar is reminded that they need to pre-book an outdoor table and adhere to the Government guidelines around two households and groups of no more than six people together.
Trish Willets, Director of the Coventry BID, said: “We are very much looking forward to welcoming back many of our retailers on Monday, as well as some of our food and drink outlets for al fresco dining.
“Monday marks an important milestone on the roadmap to recovery and bringing our wonderful city back to life again.
“The public realm work is going well – and is almost complete – and we have so much to look forward to as spring turns in to summer – from the official start of our City of Culture year to the Coventry Food Festival – it’s time to bring the joy!
“The safety of our businesses and visitors to the city centre continues to be a key priority, with barriers and new signage reminding everyone to remain vigilant and continue practicing social distancing.
“It’s likely that there will be pinch points throughout the city, as we expect there to be more visitors than usual, so please be sensible, stay safe and enjoy your time rediscovering our great city.”
To reassure customers planning to visit venues and shops in the coming weeks, businesses have been asked to ensure Covid-19 risk assessments are in place, in addition to being encouraged to sign up to a Business Pledge that they are operating in a COVID-secure manner.
For all the latest information and updates around Covid-19, visit www.coventry.gov.uk/coronavirus