Businesses around West Oxfordshire are to be visited by the council and the Health and Safety Executive to ensure they are Covid secure.

During the checks, advice and guidance will be provided to manage risk and protect workers, customers and visitors. If businesses are not safe, the district council and HSE will take immediate action.

This will range from offering specific advice to issuing enforcement notices, stopping certain work practices until they are made safe and, where businesses fail to comply, prosecution.

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Cllr Norman MacRae, cabinet member for the environment with responsibility for environmental and regulatory matters, said: “We are talking to local businesses and visiting and inspecting sites in and around West Oxfordshire to understand how they are managing risks in line with their specific business activity.

“Becoming Covid secure needs to be the priority for all businesses. It is a legal duty for businesses to protect their workers and others from harm and this includes taking reasonable steps to control the risk and protect people from coronavirus.”

The partnership is also working alongside local public health authorities to try to identify any patterns in confirmed coronavirus cases.