Reopen non essential business

All business should be permitted to open, so long as they have social distancing measures in place. If for example a restaurant wishes to reopen. Take away only, outside spaces with people sitting 2 meters apart or indoor tables removed and spaced 2 meters apart, with access to hand gel and regular cleaning. Once that has been done then they should be inspected by a council employee and if all guidelines are being followed, issued with a certificate they can place on their window to confirm they are comply with guidelines. In short the business who are willing to make the changes should be permitted to open, those that don't won't.

Why the contribution is important

Will help businesses survive and allow public to get back to some sort of normal whilst still following social distance rules.

by Kdbarclay on May 05, 2020 at 02:25PM

Current Rating

Average rating: 3.7
Based on: 33 votes


  • Posted by Donald May 05, 2020 at 14:29

    2 metres is insufficient, 3 metres minimum and/or 1/3 tables.
  • Posted by GMac01 May 05, 2020 at 14:29

    This makes sense where practical. If too difficult that has to be accepted
  • Posted by POLOPARKJ May 05, 2020 at 14:30

    As soon as the R rate is lower and under strict conditions
  • Posted by Fifer72 May 05, 2020 at 14:31

    I'm not keen on the government telling what is and what isn't essential, that decision is mine.
  • Posted by bigsalmon May 05, 2020 at 14:33

    In principle we need to look at ways of getting small businesses open and if we can find ways of restauarnts, hotels & pubs opening then we must do so. The longer term consequences on health through poor economic outcomes will overshadow deaths through Covid-19.
  • Posted by Pilot May 05, 2020 at 14:39

    Only once this virus is contained, no evidence to suggest that it is at present and pubs/hotels/restaurants ie non essential areas where groups can meet should only be allowed much further down the line.
  • Posted by Alasdrum May 05, 2020 at 14:43

    Decisions on opening businesses should be up to the business owner so long as staff and customer safety is properly protected.
  • Posted by Dogsbody May 05, 2020 at 14:45

    If they can put in place suitable restrictions let them get back to business. Most will have to operate on a limited custom base but every little will help.
  • Posted by sl806e May 05, 2020 at 14:46

    Re open ALL business.
  • Posted by Applecr0ss May 05, 2020 at 15:03

    Non essential businesses must wait until it is totally safe for them to be opened. The R must be really low, also social distancing MUST be kept in forces, more than 2 metres would be preferrable.
  • Posted by DG May 05, 2020 at 15:05

    Opening more businesses increases the likelyhood of spreading the virus and swamping the NHS. Keep businesses closed along with schools until after the summer.
  • Posted by williamarchibald May 05, 2020 at 15:57

    Put onus on businesses to put forward a plan for their company reopening. Including a floor plan of every area where employees are working and showing the exact location of each work space being used showing distance between employees. This would only work where employees had a fixed work station. There should be a visible electronic sign showing when a toilet was vacant. Staggered lunch breaks to avoid crowding. I am sure there would be other regulations that would to be put in place but I feel the business owners should put forward plans which could be agreed by the regulators.
  • Posted by Rachel19 May 07, 2020 at 12:17

    I hope to see the reopening of beauty salons and hairdressers early on during the phased removal of lockdown. I think they are vital for people including a massive improvement in mental health and morale and this lockdown has highlighted how undervalued beauticians and hairdressers were. PPE is essential but if someone small businesses would like to open soon they should have the ability to do so and offer the treatments they are comfortable to offer.
  • Posted by Caterinasanta May 08, 2020 at 22:06

    I think it’s hard for restaurant work with less capacity.. the best solution for me is to put plexiglas beteween each table so they still can have some number of customer and in the same time they are safe
  • Posted by JoanofArc May 10, 2020 at 12:58

    No one should be allowed to socialise in groups of more than 4 people to start. Numbers to increase as/when it’s deemed safe to do so.
  • Posted by KneelG42 May 11, 2020 at 18:18

    Would be useful if government with key partners could develop a framework of issues that businesses need to consider in order to reopen an be what the risks will be
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