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Harrogate Borough Council to provide 'business toolkits' for safe reopening of indoor hospitality

As hospitality businesses prepare to reopen their doors, Harrogate Borough Council is offering its support to help them do so safely.

As hospitality businesses prepare to reopen their doors on Monday (17th May), Harrogate Borough Council is offering its support to help them do so safely. The borough council has put together a business toolkit to provide businesses with practical safety advice, guidance and supporting materials to help them welcome their customers. Businesses are also encouraged to follow the government's guidance that includes specific guidance for bars, cafés, pubs, restaurants and takeaways. Councillor Mike Chambers, Harrogate Borough Council’s cabinet member for safer communities, said:

"Many hospitality businesses are preparing to open their doors for the first time in many months. We want to ensure they do so safely so that they protect themselves and their customers. "We have a lots of guidance and support available – as well as restart grants – and I encourage any business that is unsure to get in touch with us. We’re more than happy to help any business who is unsure."
In partnership with North Yorkshire Police, the council will be visiting hospitality premises across the Harrogate district to check on compliance and offer further advice and support where needed. As well as information and guidance, there is also a grant – known as the restart grant – available to eligible businesses to reopen safely. The council has already issued more than £10million in restart grants to some 1,400 businesses. This is set to increase as applications remain open until 30th June. This scheme is part of a number of government grant schemes that have been provided to businesses across the district during the Covid-19 pandemic. To date, the council have issued approximately £90million. Councillor Graham Swift, Harrogate Borough Council’s deputy leader and cabinet member for economic development, added:
"We know how vital the restart grants, as well as the other grants and business rates relief, have been to Harrogate district businesses. "We have received really positive feedback from local businesses who have relied on these grants during a very stressful period. Many are now working hard to welcome customers back and I hope residents of the district support them over the coming weeks and months, as I will be doing."
Further information about grants and support for businesses is available at: www.harrogate.gov.uk/business-investment. As well as financial support, the council has a whole host of information and support. Read more local stories from Your Harrogate here.

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