A free digital tool kit has been created to support Greater Manchester businesses in safely reopening from lockdown.

Part of the Safely Reopening GM campaign delivered by the Growth Company in partnership with TFGM and GMCA, the Safely Reopening Your Workplace Tool Kit includes:

  • Support on staggering shift patterns to avoid public transport peaks
  • Advice on travel options for employees, including cycling and walking
  • Queue management
  • Quick links to the latest guidance to safely reopen
  • And a free Covid-19 risk assessment template
  • Travel advice from TfGM

It can be accessed online here.

The Safely Reopening GM – #SafeGM initiative is designed to signpost advice and examples of good practice for employers and employees and helps to ensure that measures are in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The co-ordinated campaign was launched by Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham ahead of the June 15 relaxation of lockdown measures for non-essential retail and has been updated in line with changing advice, including mandatory use of face coverings in retail premises from July 24.

It is visible online and in public across Greater Manchester and directs people to the Together GM Reopening website – https://www.togethergm.org/reopening/ – which has been created to signpost trusted sources of information.

The campaign will continue to provide advice and support to businesses as part of the Growth Company’s #HereForBusiness response to the economic impact of the coronavirus, which includes a series of webinars and FAQs for business. In addition, the weekly rolling Growth Company Covid-19 Impact Survey continues to monitor the economic impact of coronavirus, enabling responses to be targeted to meeting the greatest need

Mark Hughes, CEO of the Growth Company, said: “Many more businesses are now starting to implement measures that will enable them to lift out of lockdown and contribute to economic recovery, providing jobs for local people.

“Part of the Safety Reopening GM initiative, this free digital tool kit will be an invaluable resource.”