BCC calls for business support as lockdown eases further

10 Jul 2020


The British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has called on local authorities and the Heath and Safety Executive (HSE) to support companies operating in a new way after the government announced beauty salons and gyms could reopen.

Outdoor performances will be permitted from the weekend (11 July), with beauticians, tattooists, spas, tanning salons and other close-contact services resuming from Monday (13 July).

Leisure centres, gym and indoor swimming pools will open from 25 July with strict measures in place.

The BCC said the sectors will be “relieved” and can now start planning for the future, but called for support.

Co-executive director Hannah Essex added: “With changes to the furlough scheme coming at the beginning of next month, a provisional timetable for reopening is still required for firms that remain fully or partially closed and face tough decisions on the viability of their business.

“Firms given the green light to reopen will be taking a safe, proportionate and risk-based approach to returning to work, in close consultation with their staff.

“For many this will be an entirely new way of operating as they apply guidance to the on the ground realities of their business.

“HSE and local authorities should support businesses as they seek to comply with the new rules – and reserve new enforcement powers for the tiny minority of businesses who are wilfully disobeying or ignoring their obligations.”

The Gym Group also revealed its plans, with 160 sites to open across England on the 25 July.

Opening times will initially be restricted and there will be one member permitted in each 100 sq ft.