Local lockdowns and areas of interventions: how to prepare


Following recent local lockdowns and areas of interventions in the UK, Bb wants to ensure that BIDs are as prepared as possible for communicating and working with businesses in the event of a second lockdown in your area.

Measures will vary from place to place, and this document provides guidance only:

Be aware of the health data

And even more granular local data by Middle Super Output Area (MSOA). MSOAs are small areas with around 7,200 average population. The data are updated every Thursday and might be particularly useful for smaller BIDs. View the data here https://www.arcgis.com/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=47574f7a6e454dc6a42c5f6912ed7076.

  • Ensure that your BID is connected to the correct people in your local authorities who understand the data and are linked to the relevant decision makers, speeding up any information flow. Ensure you have a copy of and fully understand your Local Authority Local Outbreak Control Plan (example here).

Begin preparation in case a local lockdown is imposed in your area

  • Prepare a detailed communications plan for activity (contact us for an example).
  • Prepare communications for consumers and businesses, this can then be immediately communicated if restrictions are imposed.
  • Set up a communication group, this can be done via WhatsApp with key business owners and your Board.
  • Work closely with your local authority to have various statements ready for immediate issue should the need arise.

How should the BID team react to a local lockdown?

  • Ensure businesses are reactive and follow the restrictions.
  • Work very closely with your local authority and ensure messages are clear and consistent.
  • Update all digital platforms with relevant and up-to-date content. Have this ready in advance.

Monitoring a local lockdown / during a lockdown

  • Work closely with your local authority contact.
  • Monitor the health data for your area.
  • Keep up to date with businesses and consumers virtually.
  • Talk to your BID team daily via online calls.
  • You MUST ensure that you are planning your recovery.

 Once the lockdown has been lifted

A local lockdown will be lifted by the government once it has been agreed to that it is safe to do so.

  • Ensure the BID team and all businesses understand the terms of the reopening.
  • Ensure all digital platforms are up-to-date with guidance.

Useful guidance

British BIDs recently hosted a localised lockdown webinar which included advice on how to prepare for a lockdown in your area. This advice covered communications, key relationships, being aware of public health data, and areas of focus in BID delivery. If you would like this webinar, please get in touch with drew@britishbids.info.

Health data

Local lockdown guidance for social distancing

Local restrictions: areas with an outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19)

Local authority powers to impose restrictions under coronavirus regulations

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