COVID Business Update for Baby Casting and Keepsake Jewellery Business Owners

COVID Business Update for Baby Casting and Keepsake Jewellery Business Owners

Author : Michelle Williams

The latest government Covid-19 guidance

Today the Prime Minister has made a statement announcing new Covid19 restrictions in England.

Please ensure that you and your Baby Life Casting Business or Keepsake Jewellery Business, follow the the latest government guidance on Covid-19.  (See further details of your legal responsibilities, as a small business owner, at the foot of this article).

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New restrictions to be introduced in England include:

  • Asking office workers who can work from home to do so. In key public services and in all professions where homeworking is not possible, such as construction or retail, people should continue to attend their workplaces.
  • All pubs, bars and restaurants must operate table-service only, except for take-aways.
  • All hospitality (including pubs, bars and restaurants) must close at 10pm (this means closing and not last orders). The same will apply to takeaways - though deliveries can continue thereafter.
  • The requirement to wear face coverings will be extended to include: Staff in retail (in addition to the existing requirement on customers), all users of taxis and private hire vehicles, all staff and customers in indoor hospitality, except when seated at a table to eat or drink

In addition:

  • Schools, colleges and universities will stay open.
  • Covid-secure guidelines will become legal obligations (businesses will be fined and could be closed if they breach these rules).
  • From Monday, a maximum of 15 people will be able to attend wedding ceremonies and receptions. (However up to 30 can still attend a funeral as now).
  • The rule of six will be extended to all adult indoor team sports.
  • Business conferences, exhibitions and large sporting events will not be able to reopen from 1 October as previously planned.
  • The Government has already introduced a fine of up to £10,000 for those who fail to self-isolate and such fines will be applied to businesses breaking Covid rules.
  • The penalty for failing to wear a mask or breaking the rule of six will now double to £200 for a first offence.
  • Those who were shielding early in the pandemic, do not need to shield, except in local lockdown areas, which will be kept under constant review.

Follow Government advice, including:

  • Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
  • Avoid touching your face
  • Wear a face covering in shops and public transport (if you’re not exempt)
  • Keep a safe distance away from others
  • If you, or someone in your household, have symptoms, it is very important that you stay home and book a test by calling 119 or visiting nhs.uk 

So, what are the Legal Requirements for your Baby Casting Business or Keepsake Jewellery Business?

Any Life Casting or Keepsake Jewellery Business that wishes to reopen and trade safely during coronavirus (Covid-19) has a legal responsibility to protect their employees and other people on their work premises, even if your work premesis, happens to be your home.

You are therefore requited to carry out a risk assessment and make sensible adjustments to your workplace and worforce (including yourself) to ensure that you are covid secure.

If you do not carry out a risk assessment, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) or your local council can issue an enforcement notice.

If you are offering Baby Life Casting Services or operate appointments for Clay Impressions or any other service, in which you are in direct contact with your customers, you will come under the category of 'Close Contact work' and will need to implement specific safety parameters.  

Please follow these Government guidelines to ensure that you are following the Seven steps to protect yourself, your staff and your customers during coronavirus.  

You can also download the Close Contact Guidance Pdf here.

If your Keepsake Business is Online, i.e perhaps you sell Keepsake Jewellery via an ecommerce website and you are NOT involved in any close contact work. You can use this guidance to check that your workplace is Covid-compliant and adhering to it's legal responsibility to keep people safe.

This guidance is only for businesses  in England. Please see guidance for Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

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