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Information to help Sefton businesses report and manage COVID-19

Sefton Council is reminding the Borough’s businesses that Action Cards containing information about how to report and manage a potential COVID-19 outbreak are now available online.

The Action Cards guide business owners and managers through the three steps of how to Identify, Report and Respond and are specific to each type of business or location. They have been designed to be printed or downloaded for businesses and organisations to keep on-hand and can be found at

Advice about identifying a COVID-19 outbreak, reporting it and working with the local Health Protection Team to manage the response is included in the Action Cards, which can be found at www.sefton.gov.uk/action-cards.

Developed by the NHS Test and Trace service, the online guides provide specific advice for a wide range of business and venue types. The business types and locations covered so far are:

  • Arts Heritage & Cultural venues
  • Campsites & Caravan Parks
  • Cinemas, Theatres and Comedy & Music venues
  • Construction and other outdoor work
  • Domestic Abuse refuges
  • Dress fitter, Tailors and Fashion Designers
  • Entertainment and Holiday Resorts
  • Hairdressing, Barbershops and Beauty & Nail salons
  • Homelessness and Rough Sleeping accommodation
  • Hotels and other guest accommodation
  • Manufacturing of food and other Large Processing Plants
  • Places of worship
  • Restaurants, Pubs, Bars, Cafes and Takeaways
  • Shops and branches
  • Spas, Sports & Massage Therapy and Wellbeing
  • Tourist attractions

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills said: “I have been pleased to see businesses across the Borough being able to re-open and start to get back on their feet but I know it is not easy for them to know just how to implement the complicated but vital guidelines designed to keep employees and customers safe or what to do if they suspect an outbreak.

“These Action Cards which are available on the Council’s website are tailored to meet the circumstances of a wide range of businesses and organisations and provide step-by-step instructions that explain where to get help and support to contain an outbreak should one occur.”

The Action cards also contain general guidelines about prevent the spread of COVID-19, what information a local Health Protection Team may require. They also suggest the types of measures that may have to be put in place, such as enhanced hygiene, handwashing and cleaning regimes, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE), rapid testing and tracing and the reduced use of shared spaces.

Cllr Ian Moncur, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “Although businesses and other locations are opening up again, coronavirus is still very much with us and it is important that they report any signs of an outbreak as soon as possible and work with local health teams to prevent it spreading and endangering vulnerable members of the community.

“These Action Cards are a useful tool to help them do that.”

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