Kirkwall BID & Beyond Release FREE Guide to Reopening

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Kirkwall BID & Beyond release Support Guide for Reopening

A Statement from Kirkwall BID, Wednesday 17th June 2020

Throughout this pandemic, Kirkwall BID & Beyond have been supporting businesses in Kirkwall and beyond, sharing information and advertisements, as well as liaising with OIC and other task forces reviewing the impacts to Orkney’s economy.

The BID team have created a 20-page ‘Guide to Reopening’, hopeful of a positive announcement from the First Minister later this week. Laura Bruce explained further, “Whilst we are hopeful for all Orkney businesses that a move into phase two will be coming soon, we are aware that this will be a new normal for businesses. Our guide to re-opening will act as a prompt for businesses to assist them with preparing for reopening. Some of the content is aimed at retail/customer facing businesses, however we feel there is helpful information included for businesses of all shapes and sizes.”

“We’ve included information from the Health & Safety Exec, OIC, Scottish Government, UK Government, as well as some best practice ideas shared from other BIDs in Scotland. There are also printable posters and signage, as well as draft risk assessment templates. This guide is available free to all our members, and to any other business who would like to sign up to Kirkwall BID & Beyond mailing list. We will be sending this out to all current members this week, and it is also available in the Members Area on our website.”

The Kirkwall BID & Beyond team would like to thank everyone who has supported local businesses during this crisis so far, and remind people that their support will be needed more than ever before as businesses begin to reopen. Chair, Duncan McLean said, “Many businesses in Kirkwall and across Orkney, have been dormant for almost 3 months now. They need a boost before we head into another tough winter, but above all they need to operate safely for both customers and staff. There will be changes to how customers shop, eat out, and even move around our towns. BID hopes its new guide will give some useful pointers for businesses to adapt. We aim to keep the public informed and reassured by promoting how businesses will manage these essential changes."


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