Re-opening the local economy

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement regarding plans to restart the economy and ease lockdown restrictions over a planned period, Newark and Sherwood District Council is working with retailers and market traders to assist wherever possible with the phased re-opening of shops and stalls in town centres.

Guidance documents for businesses

We know that there is a lot to consider to ensure that you, your staff and customers return to a safe environment.  The advice packs below have been designed to assist you with your planned re-opening and set out the changes that you need to make to help ensure you are working safely.

Alongside this, you can download a checklist to help you to put in place social distancing measures in your workplace to keep both employees and customers safe.

Keeping a record of customers

Businesses are now required to keep a temporary record of customers and visitors for 21 days to aide and assist NHS Test and Trace. Download a template here: Contact tracing information sheet and template [14kb]

Got a query about re-opening?

Please email and our team will be happy to assist you.


Government guidance links

For full guidance, visit:

The Health and Safety Executive has published guides for working safely during Coronavirus and for talking with your workers about working safely during Coronavirus.

The Chartered Institute of Environmental Health has created Covid-19 signage to display in your shop to encourage social distancing:

Find out how to make your workplace COVID-secure: Working safely during Coronavirus

The Government has produced eight guides available via the above link which cover a range of different types of work. Many businesses operate more than one type of workplace, such as an office, factory and fleet of vehicles. You may need to use more than one of these guides as you think through what you need to do to keep people safe. Further guidance will be published as more businesses are able to reopen.

Practical actions for businesses to take based on 5 main steps: 5 steps to working safely


The safety of those who live, work and shop in our town centres is our priority. People visiting will now notice a number of physical changes to ensure that shoppers are safe and businesses supported.


Signage is visible around our town centres to advise shoppers where to queue outside individual shops and where restrictions may be enforced.

There are also signs in other public areas including our car parks and green spaces, reminding people to follow social distancing guidelines.

Safe queuing

Retailers will clearly mark where people should queue and wait to enter shops.

We are working with our town centre retailers to ensure they have the assistance they need in controlling queuing outside their stores, particularly in terms of barriers, signage and floor markings; the intention being to create safe queuing zones and pedestrian flows in these areas.

Travelling to the town centres

We are encouraging all residents and visitors to cycle or walk into town centres, avoiding public transport wherever possible.

Car parking

From 1 July to 31 August, shoppers will be able to get two hours free parking in our car parks by pressing the parking machine ticket button and displaying the ticket in their vehicle.

Ticket machines will be cleaned regularly every day and signage will be put up advising residents of the new parking measures and reminding them to maintain social distancing.

Financial support for Businesses

A number of schemes are available to support businesses with the financial challenges they are facing as a result of Covid-19.

Visit our dedicated financial support for business page for more information.

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