AN online event has been organised for the borough's hospitality sector to provide them with information and advice on how to reopen safely next month.

Cheshire West and Chester Council is holding the webinar at 10.30am on March 30 to outline the legal requirements as well as what businesses need to do if there is a Covid outbreak.

The Government roadmap sets a provisional date of April 12 for hospitality venues to be allowed to serve people outside, with no need for customers to buy a substantial meal with an alcoholic drink and no curfew.

Customers must order, eat and drink while seated.

Topics to be covered during the webinar include the rules on face coverings, collecting customer contact details, the rule of six, social distancing and hygiene, as well as how to look after staff facilities, like a break room or toilets, and advice on vehicle sharing.

There will also be information about what to do if a member of staff tests positive for Covid-19 and a toolkit to help the employer through managing an outbreak, from employee testing and business contact tracing to self-isolation advice and information on financial support for people self-isolating.

Ian Ashworth, director of public health at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “It really is good news that we’ve got Covid-19 infections down to the point where we can look at helping our hospitality sector to reopen safely.

“If you do own or manage hospitality premises in the borough it’s really important that you find out all you can so that you can look after your staff and customers and play your part in keeping that infection rate down.”

Maria Byrne, director of environment and communities at Cheshire West and Chester Council, said: “We appreciate what a difficult time businesses have had since last year and want to help where we can.

“This webinar will cover everything you need to know in terms of the legal requirements and provide some really useful tools to help you navigate what you need to do to stay safe.”

The webcast will be streamed live, but will also be available to watch again later.