Rochdale BID want to keep you updated with the latest news, information and advice during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Please check our website daily for more updates.

7 priority actions businesses need to do to protect staff

The Government guidance for working safely has been updated to include 7 Priority Actions businesses should be taking:

Priority actions to take – what businesses need to do to protect staff and customers.

Seven steps to protect yourself, your staff and your customers during coronavirus.

  1. Complete a COVID-19 risk assessment. Share it with all your staff. Find out how to do a risk assessment.
  2. Clean more often. Increase how often you clean surfaces, especially those that are being touched a lot. Ask your staff and your customers to use hand sanitiser and wash their hands frequently.
  3. Ask your customers to wear face coverings in any indoor space or where required to do so by law. That is especially important if your customers are likely to be around people they do not normally meet. Some exemptions apply. Check when to wear one, exemptions, and how to make your own.
  4. Make sure everyone is social distancing. Make it easy for everyone to do so by putting up signs or introducing a one way system that your customers can follow.
  5. Increase ventilation by keeping doors and windows open where possible and running ventilation systems at all times.
  6. Take part in NHS Test and Trace by keeping a record of all your customers for 21 days. From 18 September, this will be enforced in law. Some exemptions apply. Check Maintaining records of staff, customers and visitors to support NHS Test and Trace for details.
  7. Turn people with coronavirus symptoms away. If a staff member (or someone in their household) or a customer has a persistent cough, a high temperature or has lost their sense of taste or smell, they should be isolating.

There are also additional ‘things to be aware of’ in certain sectors:

Towns Fund

What is the Towns Fund?

The Towns Fund is a £3.6 billion fund established by the government to level up towns and cities around the country.

The government has invited towns and cities like Rochdale to develop proposals for a Town Deal in collaboration with their community.

For more information about the scheme visit GOV.UK - Towns Fund Prospectus.

Rochdale's Towns Fund

Rochdale is one of the places eligible to apply for this funding. Through the Towns Fund Board the Council are talking to the public, businesses and other organisations to identify:

  • Which projects will be delivered
  • What funding is required

It is necessary to bring together firm proposals developed in co-ordination with local communities, partners and other stakeholders that will bring a positive impact to the town.

As part of the scheme we are eligible to bid for up to £25 million in funding that will help deliver a huge economic social and cultural benefit to the town.

Have your say - send us comments and ideas

Business engagement is key to this project and the growth of the town and as town centre businesses we want to hear from you.

To have your say all you need to do is fill in the short survey below.


If you have any queries regarding COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to contact me on 07811 278517.

Paul Ambrose

BID Manager

15 Sep 2020