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Dorset Council says it is ‘working hard’ to ensure that businesses in Dorset take full advantage of the emergency measures announced by the government on Tuesday to tackle to Coronavirus crisis.

And it has urged businesses in the county to sign up for a newsletter to stay informed about the help on offer.

A spokesperson for the councl said: ‘We are working hard on the detail around the Chancellor’s promise of an immediate 12 month business rate break. If you are a business owner, please sign up to our business e-newsletter where we will frequently update as the situation evolves.’

The sign-up for business newsletter from the council is here.

Dorset Council has also issued the latest guidance on ‘social distancing’.

It said in a statement:  ‘Everyone should begin to minimise social interaction with other people in order to reduce the spread of coronavirus COVID-19. This is known as social distancing.

‘This includes:

  • Avoiding large gatherings and smaller public spaces such as pubs, cinemas, restaurants, theatres, bars, clubs
  • Avoiding non-essential use of public transport and varying your travel times to avoid rush hour
  • Working from home where possible
  • Avoiding gatherings with friends and family
  • Using telephone or online services to contact your GP or other essential services’

It added: ‘Everyone should be doing these things, but the government advises that anyone who has an increased risk of severe illness from coronavirus (COVID-19) should be strict in following these measures.’

Read the full guidance on social distancing including the list of increased risk groups.

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