Independent health and safety specialists, Foursquare Group have built a register of Covid-Safe businesses that have the gone the extra mile to protect customers and staff.
Coronavirus (Covid-19) cases have been increasing since mid-August, schools and businesses are already being forced to close due to positive Covid-19 cases and the dreaded winter months are fast approaching.
For small independent businesses, the challenge of managing Covid-19 can seem incredibly daunting.
Foursquare Group, a leading North West-based health and safety specialist, has been helping dozens of Merseyside’s independent restaurants, bars and shops by enrolling them onto its industry leading Covid-Safe scheme.
The only scheme of its kind across the North West, it provides all of the tools needed for these businesses to implement effective control measures against Covid-19.
Businesses who’ve undergone Foursquare Group’s robust scheme and have been audited to confirm they’re Covid-safe include The Art School, Bacaro, Duke Street Food and Drink Market, Carlisi, Bold Street Coffee, Ropes & Twines, and more – click here to see all businesses included in the register.
Founder of Foursquare, Liam Jones, explained how the register will help to protect the public against a second wave.
“Over the last couple of weeks, Liverpool City Council has been urging the public to only visit venues which take their safety seriously – venues which are Covid-Safe. All of the businesses listed on our register have gone the extra mile by implementing a considered Covid-19 management strategy. Each time a Covid-Safe business passes one of our audits, the date is updated on our register to display their commitment to customer safety.”
With a combination of the extremely popular Eat Out To Help Out scheme, that has proven popular and an effect way to kickstart the hospitality industry post lockdown, as well as children returning to school, the continent’s increased infection rate plus the impending winter months, it’s no surprise that restaurants, bars, shops and even schools are seeing an increase in positive Covid-19 and business closures.
To encourage as many independent brands as possible to join the scheme, Foursquare Group has developed a ‘Pay What You Can’ pricing model which is the first of its kind in the UK. It means that all businesses have access to the scheme regardless of their current cash position.
“We’ve been aware that this period of time could become problematic in combating the virus; the combination of Eat Out To Help Out and schools going back was always likely to result in an increased infection rate but the question was by how much.
“Now we’re starting to see the infection rate rise, everybody can do their bit to ensure we don’t have to go back into another lockdown. We are continuing to build the Covid-Safe register to help businesses protect their customers and to help customers make smart decisions on where to spend their time. No business will be turned away – they can quite simply pay what is affordable to them to receive our help and guidance in implementing the strict government guidelines to limit the spread of the virus.
“We urge all independent businesses in the Liverpool City Region to make contact with us and become a part of the Covid-Safe scheme. We’d also urge the wider public to carefully consider where they eat, drink and shop and only use Covid-Safe businesses.”