PENDLE Council's environmental health team are stepping up their efforts to ensure borough shops are coronavirus safe before they reopen up next week.

The government is easing the lockdown of non-essential retail premises and outlets from Monday.

Cllr Mohammed Iqbal, leader of Pendle Borough, said that a team of its officers were now giving guidance on which businesses are able to open and how they can ensure the safety of customers and staff and be entitled to a council notice confirming they are 'Covid-19 Secure'.

He said: “Getting Pendle’s businesses back open and operating safely is one of our key priorities.

“We recognise that businesses have had a tough time and are keen to reopen as soon as possible.

“We’re here to support them through the process and make sure they’re Covid-19 Secure. The last thing we want is for businesses to have to close again because they haven’t put the right measures in place.”

Guidance on reopening, including a risk assessment, is available on Pendle Council’s website.