COVID-19 rates in Stockton-on-Tees are very high so the Government has named it, along with the rest of the North East, an Enhanced Response Area. Find out more on our Enhanced Response Area page.
For general Coronavirus information including disruptions to Council services or how to book a COVID-19 test visit www.stockton.gov.uk/coronavirus.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice and Guidance for Businesses
You can read about the current Coronavirus restrictions affecting businesses on the Government website.
On this page you will find information to help businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic. You will find information about, testing for employees, responding to cases of COVID-19 in the workplace and how you can operate safely.
See the COVID-19 PowerPoint presentation for more information about the latest business guidance from 19 July 2021.
COVID-19 Testing for employees with symptoms
If an employee has symptoms of Coronavirus they must stay at home and book a test at www.gov.uk/get-coronavirus-test or by calling 119 .
COVID-19 Testing for employees without symptoms
Businesses can apply to be part of a national workplace testing programme to test employees in the workplace who do not have any Coronavirus symptoms. You can find out more on the GOV.UK website.
If you have 10 or more employees, you can order tests for your employees to collect from their workplace and use at home twice a week.
You can register to order tests if:
- your business is registered in England
- your employees can't work from home
You can order tests for your employees on the GOV.UK website.
Anyone who lives or works in Stockton-on-Tees who does not have symptoms can be tested at the Borough's Community Testing sites for people without symptoms. You can find out where they are on the COVID-19 Testing page.
Cases of COVID-19 in the workplace
If you are notified of cases of COVID-19 in your workplace, please get in touch and let us know by completing this COVID-19 contact us form.
Public Health will work with you to assess the situation and advise you on the next steps. This will include advice about identification of contacts who need to isolate and further measures to manage and control an outbreak.
Self Isolation Hub
Once the close contacts of an employee, visitor or customer who has tested positive for COVID-19 have been identified (in conjunction with Public Health England or the Council's Public Health team), employers should call the NHS Test and Trace Self Isolation Hub on 020 3743 6715 with the 8 digit Test and Trace CTAS number of the person who tested positive. The close contacts will then be formally logged with NHS Test and Trace. This will generate a Test and Trace reference number for each of the close contacts.
Without the NHS Test and Trace reference number, the close contacts will not be able to apply for financial support such as the Test and Trace Support Scheme
Operating safely during the Coronavirus pandemic
Guidance has been issued by Government on how to operate businesses safely during Coronavirus pandemic. You can read the latest guidance at the Gov.uk website.
The Council has supplemented this national guidance with local “Prevention Cards” which include additional local advice, guidance and contact details to help businesses to operate safely in the Borough. You can download the 'Prevention Cards' below.
Please check Government guidelines on whether your business is legally allowed to operate by checking the Gov.uk website.
If you need any further advice or assistance, please complete this COVID-19 contact us form.
There are a number of videos available to explain some of the things you can do to make sure your business reopens safely. You can watch them all on YouTube.
Stockton-on-Tees Borough Council's Public Health Team delivered a live webinar on how to open safely, which is available to watch online.
Test and Trace
The Government now requires businesses from the following sectors to display a poster with a personalised NHS Test and Trace app QR code:
- Hospitality (e.g. hotels, bars, coffee shops)
- Leisure and tourism (e.g. gyms, cinemas, museums)
- Close contact services (e.g. hair and beauty salons, tattooists, tailors)
- Places of worship (e.g. churches, mosques)
- Local authority venues
You can create and download you poster by visiting the Gov.uk website.
A copy of the poster should be displayed at each of the entrances to your premises and you should ask every customer or visitor (over 16) to scan the QR code when they arrive (not just the lead member of the group). If you have multiple venues, you need to create a different QR code poster for each. Read the full Government guidance for more information.
You can use the guides below to make sure you are adhering to the guidelines.