Merton Council has announced a series of measures to ensure the safety of the community following the latest restriction ease.

Home to around 6000 businesses, the council has highlighted the necessary steps that will be taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The council has also recognised the need to continue to support small businesses way after the pandemic.

Leader of Merton Council, Councillor Stephen Alambritis, said: "We’re about a week away from the high streets in Merton re-opening their doors.

"We’re responsible for making sure the right businesses open a the right time, and for making sure they are putting your safety first.

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"The high streets are usually a thriving place, the tube station and bus stops behind us, and there is a diverse range of shops and other businesses.

"During the last few months, some companies have completely changed the way they operate to help support the community through this difficult time.

"As restrictions begin to be eased, I hope residents will continue to support the traders who have served them so well in the past."

New measures are as follows:

  • Every shop that opens its doors needs to have completed a risk assessment of its premises.
  • They need to have put in place measures to keep staff safe, they can then, and only then display a Covid Secure poster in their window.
  • They need to take reasonable steps to maintain 2m distances, one way systems and have clear information to help you stay safe while you’re in the shop.
  • This week, the council will be writing to every business in the borough, with clear guidance on what is expected of them.
  • They will also be writing to them about how carrying out spot checks and enforcement to ensure people are safe.
  • Service businesses like restaurants and pubs which are due to open in early July will also have equally stringent measures when they re-open.

If you’re worried that anybody is contravening these rules, you can report them at

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