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Thank you to businesses for complying with Tier 3 restrictions

Shop lined Pinstone Street in Sheffield City Centre

We want to thank businesses across the city for their efforts in helping to tackle the spread of Covid-19 by continuing to follow Government regulations.

As the economic challenge posed by the virus continues to evolve and business across all sectors are faced with new struggles to survive, Cllr Mazher Iqbal says he has been extremely pleased by the ingenuity and commitment shown by businesses this year to ensure that they are covid-safe and operating within the guidelines.

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Cabinet Member for Business and Investment at Sheffield City Council, said:

“Businesses across our city have gone to extraordinary lengths to apply COVID-19 safety measures to their premises to keep their staff and customers safe. They have shown enormous resilience and spirit throughout the pandemic despite the difficulties they are up against and I would like to thank them for everything they have done and are continuing to do to help protect us from Coronavirus.

“The recent move into Tier 3 ‘Very High’ Alert Category will impact many businesses and we have been working hard to ensure the right support is available as quickly as possible. Our Business Sheffield Advisers are on hand to provide advice and guidance on the current regulations and we have developed a Business Recovery Plan to tackle the long-term effects of the pandemic.

“We are awaiting further detail from government on the £30m package to support the region’s wider business base, which will be used to support businesses affected by the Covid-19 restrictions. We will also be issuing information in the coming days about how businesses in Sheffield can apply for the Government’s Local Restriction Business Support Grant, which is available for businesses who have been forced to close due to Tier 3 restrictions.

These next few months will without doubt be extremely challenging, but our local businesses are doing a fantastic job of adapting to the changing climate and implementing the measures that are designed to keep our city safe and open.”

Sheffield City Council’s City Centre Ambassadors, Business Advisors and Environmental Health Officers are working closely with South Yorkshire Police to carry out checks across Sheffield and provide support and education to businesses 7 days a week. Where businesses are found not to be following Covid-19 regulations, action will be taken to make the premises safe. This can range from the provision of specific advice to a business and stopping certain work practices, to the issuing of enforcement notices. While enforcement is a last resort, it will be used if necessary.

The current most comprehensive advice and guidance for Sheffield businesses can be found online at: https://www.sheffield.gov.uk/coronavirus-business or if you would like to speak with a Business Sheffield Advisor, you can contact the team on 0114 224 5000 or email businesssheffield@sheffield.gov.uk.