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COVID-19: Recovery and reopening

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‘Back to Business’ packs

The city council has issued two comprehensive ‘Back to Business’ packs, one for retailers and one for those who work in ’close contact’ services, hospitality and the wider visitor economy, to support your reopening. They include handy guidance and practical resources like printable signage and checklists to help businesses reopening. Use it as a useful last minute checklist, or a comprehensive guide if you are still working through a new business model. We hope it helps.

You can access the city council’s Back to Business materials here or call the business team on 01962 848 915 between 10am and 4pm, Monday to Friday.

Dinghams Independent Cook Shop in Winchester

Dinghams Independent Cook Shop in Winchester

The We’re Good to Go Industry Standard

You can now apply for a free UK-wide industry standard and consumer mark to reassure your customers that your business adheres to Government and public health guidance.

To support you as you work towards reopening and welcoming customers, the ‘We’re Good To Go’ COVID-19 industry standard and consumer mark is now available to provide a ‘ring of confidence’ for businesses, attractions and destinations as well as reassurance to local residents and visitors that clear processes are in place and that as a business you are good to go.

If your business operates in England and you have read and implemented the Government’s COVID-19 reopening guidance, understand the guidance from Public Health England and have a COVID-19 Risk Assessment in place, you can apply for the industry standard mark by simply completing a self-assessment through the VisitBritain online platform. This includes a checklist confirming you have put the necessary processes in place. You will then receive a certification and the ‘We’re Good To Go’ mark to display on your premises and online.

Useful links

VisitBritain’s Business Advice Hub

Practical guidance to help tourism businesses reopen

Visit Winchester partner e-newsletter

Sign up to the Visit Winchester partner e-newsletter to receive government and industry advice, information and guidance for businesses, and updates on what the Visit Winchester team are working on to support business in the district. Email to be added to the distribution list.

Read the previous issues below:

July 2020: Find out about national measures to support the tourism industry, the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ scheme, details on Winchester City Council’s ‘Back to Business’ packs, information on national industry standards and campaigns and the council’s recovery communications plan.

June 2020: More information on practical measures being introduced to the city centre to increase visitor and resident confidence, the new ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard, further information for businesses reopening on Saturday 4 July, the Visit Winchester teams’s recovery plan for tourism in the district and an overview of the results of the VisitBritain/VisitEngland inbound customer sentiment tracker. There’s also an opportunity to find out what some of our other partners have been working on.

April 2020: Find out about funding and support available for tourism businesses, the postponement of Winchester Residents’ Week.

Visit Winchester consumer e-newsletter

Catch up on all the latest news from across the district in our monthly e-newsletter which is emailed to our visitor database. Read our April consumer newsletter here.