Welcome Back. We Missed You!
20th July 2020
Businesses in the Linen Quarter have been working hard behind the scenes putting safety measures in place as further venues and offices re-open. This week, we are delighted to welcome back Arup, BBC and Deloitte to their offices on Bedford Street, and welcome the reopening of Puddleducks Day Nursery on Glengall Street.
What the businesses have been doing in the district will help to make it a safe and welcoming place for all to come back to, allowing us to work, dine and stay in the Linen Quarter, supporting our local businesses. Whether you are a worker or a local visiting the city for the first time since lockdown, or perhaps from another part of Northern Ireland making the Linen Quarter your ‘staycation’, there are plenty of places now open for you to explore and enjoy safely.
Please see below actions which have been taken to ensure the Linen Quarter remains a safe district:
- Across the Linen Quarter you will see social distancing stickers and markers in place. These will be demonstrated on the floor of each premises you enter. Belfast Confidence Markers are also available to those businesses who are now open and have not yet received one: https://linenquarter.org/news-events/news/belfast-confidence-mark/
- When entering offices and venues, sanitising stations will be made available for you to use. Please note, the Linen Quarter BID has branded sanitisers available to purchase via this link: https://linenquarter.org/projects/current-projects/lq-hand-sanitiser/
- Signs will be in place should you be required to wear a mask. Please always take your own mask with you as these may also be necessary for business meetings.
- Due to social distancing, many hospitality premises in LQ require bookings in advance to avoid overcrowding and queuing around entrances. Please note table sittings have a maximum of two hours and venues have the right to ask for your table back after this time.
- Many workspaces will have clear screens erected, ensuring social distance remains in place where co-workers would work closely. Some restaurants in LQ are using screens too – this is to ensure dining spaces are made comfortable for customers.
- Where required, workplaces will be responsible for providing other forms of PPE to ensure both staff and customers are kept safe e.g. barbers and beauty salons.
- Offices and Hospitality venues are required to carry out their own training around new safety systems in the workplace: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19
- The Linen Quarter’s enhanced Police Team will be on hand to ensure the safety of those in the district and break up any large gatherings. Please report any issues that may arise. Contact: Constable Chris Wallace email@example.com or via Mob. 07825 634384
- Further Recovery Advice has been made available on our website, should you require information on how other businesses are returning: https://linenquarter.org/recovery-advice/
If you are based in the Linen Quarter and hoping to return to the district soon, please let us know your opening or starting back date. This will allow us to welcome you back and share dates with LQ BID members, which in turn will help to support each other as we all adjust to working safely in the area again.