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January News & Business Update

January News & Business Update

Following the announcement of the National Lockdown, detailed below is information and support, including links that may be of benefit to some businesses.

Social Media Support

Poole BID will continue to use social media to increase awareness of those businesses that will be trading on a takeaway or online basis. Please contact if required.

National lockdown: Stay at Home

The Prime Minister has announced a national lockdown and instructed people to stay at home to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

People will only be allowed to leave their homes for the following reasons:

Shop for basic necessities, for you or a vulnerable person.

Go to work, or provide voluntary or charitable services, if you cannot reasonably do so from home.

Exercise with your household (or support bubble) or one other person, this should be limited to once per day, and you should not travel outside your local area.

Meet your support bubble or childcare bubble where necessary, but only if you are legally permitted to form one.

Seek medical assistance or avoid injury, illness or risk of harm (including domestic abuse).

Attend education or childcare – for those eligible.

You should not travel unless necessary.

Below are some support links which may be of interest:
BCP Council Grant Information
Financial support for businesses (
HM Government Schemes
Chancellor extends furlough and loan schemes – GOV.UK (

Early outbreak management action card example

What you can do to manage a possible outbreak


If you are informed about a potential case or cases, check whether they have had a test.
If tested negative and are well, they can return to work.
If tested positive, they must self-isolate for 10 days from the day they were tested.


Identify any close contacts of the confirmed case in your setting.

Remember, contact might occur in a car if car-sharing or in staff rooms on breaks.
Talk to the case and make a full list.


Check your workspace. Refer to guidance on working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19). This has practical steps to take and explains how you must carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment for your organisation. You may want to redo your risk assessment.


There are some circumstances when your local PHE health protection team would like you to call them.

Symptoms check list

A high temperature – hot to touch on your chest or back (no need to measure your temperature).
A new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours.
A loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means that it is different to normal.

Identifying contacts

A ‘contact’ is a person who has been close to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 anytime from 2 days before the person was symptomatic up to 10 days from onset of symptoms. For example, a contact in the workplace can be: person who has had face-to-face contact (within 1 metre), with someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, including:

Being coughed on.

Having a face-to-face conversation within 1 metre.

Having physical contact, or contact within 1 metre for one minute or longer without face-to-face contact.

A person who has been within 2 metres of someone who has tested positive for more than 15 minutes.

A person who has travelled in a small vehicle with someone who has tested positive or in a large vehicle or plane near someone who has tested positive.

When to call your local health protection team
You should call your local health protection team if:

You’ve identified as many as 5 cases in your setting over a 2 week period and not had public health support (see individual business action cards for further guidance).

You’ve taken the action outlined but are still seeing more cases.

You’re thinking you might need to close because of the number of people affected.

Somebody in your workplace has been admitted to hospital.

You’re getting significant interest from local media.

Delivery Option

PRC Streamline have delivery options available for local businesses, please contact direct for full information. 

HM Government Schemes

Useful Downloads

You can contact the Poole BID office on or 01202 308800.

We are always happy to hear from you.

Poole BID team.

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