You must stay at home. The single most important action we can all take is to stay at home to protect the NHS and save lives.
To find out the latest information and advice about coronavirus in Torbay see our coronavirus section.
Find out more about the changes we are making to allow high streets to reopen safely.
On 4 January 2021, the Prime Minister announced a national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives. This is to help tackle the spread of coronavirus across England.
All non-essential retail, hospitality and personal care services must close, or remain closed. Restaurants can continue delivery, takeaway or click-and-collect of food and non-alcoholic drinks, but venues will no longer be able to serve takeaway or click-and-collect alcohol. For non-essential retail, the restrictions are expected to last until 12 April and 17 May for indoor hospitality.
To help support businesses during this time, the Government have announced increased support for the self-employed as well as an extension to the Coronavirus job retention scheme.
Covid-19 Business Grants are now open for applications for eligible businesses in Torbay
As part of the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund, we are pleased to reveal a new virtual High Street Guide for every shopper in Torbay that provides live connect from local businesses. The High Street Guide enables shoppers to see businesses near them and view their social media content.
Once the High Street is reopened it will also allow retailers to connect with shoppers when they are nearby and communicate safely measures effectively. Every purchase by a registered shopper in participating retailers reveals a live visual local guide to other nearby retailers. It does not require any apps to be downloaded and is completely free for shoppers and businesses to access.
It makes it super simple to support local businesses whether they are open or not. The Torbay High Street Guides showcases not just what’s available to buy but also conveys the essence of your local high street, whilst providing essential support to local businesses.
A new Facebook group has been set up for independent high street businesses in Torbay. The aim of the Facebook group is to work collaboratively to ensure the safe opening of the high streets, share best practice and feedback and to help streamline communications.
The Better Business for All (BBfA) partnership COVID-19 Toolkits remain available for all businesses to use:
From 5 January, hospitality and non-essential retail in England must close to help tackle the spread of coronavirus across England. The restrictions are expected to last until mid-February.
Restaurants and hospitality venues can continue delivery, takeaway or click-and-collect of food and non-alcoholic drinks, but venues will no longer be able to serve takeaway or click-and-collect alcohol.
Please remember if you are visiting the high street for essential purposes, you must adhere to the national health and safety guidance to help protect yourself and others.
We are encouraging people to continue to support local businesses by whatever means you are able to do so. If you can’t visit your local high street, consider buying through business’s websites or social media channels.
As part of the Reopening High Streets Safely Project, 12 hand sanitiser stations have been erected in Torbay high streets to help tackle the transmission of Covid-19. The stations are sensor operated, and filled with anti-Covid-19, alcohol free hand gel.
You can find these stations at the locations:
The hand stations are temporary fixtures, and will be cleaned and replenished regularly. Please make use of these if you are shopping in Torbay high streets.
The coronavirus pandemic and the lockdown has put extra pressures on our businesses and our mental health and wellbeing.
We wanted to remind you that there are freely available mental health resources and toolkits to help you and your employees to look after yourself and to support each other during the processes of change and recovery from the challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic. Public health teams will welcome feedback on the frequency of their use and usefulness to your businesses:
We appreciate this is a difficult and uncertain time for high street businesses. The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund remains live, so please direct any questions or concerns to email@example.com
The Reopening High Streets Safely Project has received funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.