COUNCIL chiefs have thrown their support behind local traders as shops across Evesham and Pershore re-opened in the latest easing of the Coronavirus restrictions.
Non-essential retailers, hairdressers and other personal care services have all re-opened while pubs, restaurants and cafes can also serve people outside.
To support the reopening Wychavon Distict Council has developed its ‘Let’s get back to supporting local traders safely’ campaign, which encourages people to get out and back local businesses but to remember to follow the rules to keep everyone safe.
Residents are being advised to remember the following while out shopping or using other services:
Keep a safe distance from others, including when queuing
Wear face coverings indoors (unless legally exempt) and properly so they cover the nose and mouth at all times
Sanitise hands when entering a business and try not to touch products unless intending to buy them
Pay by contactless if possible
Try and shop at times when shops are likely to be less busy and continue to make use of their delivery and click and collect services
Follow the rules on group mixing when using outdoor hospitality
Car parking will continue to be free in Wychavon’s pay and display car parks for now but on-street parking restrictions will apply. Rules allowing most non-essential retailers to open from 7am until 10pm Monday to Saturday have also been relaxed.
Wychavon has so far spent £44million supporting businesses through the last 12 months of lockdowns and disrupted trading.
Several million more will be paid out under the new Restart Grant scheme, offering payments of up to £6,000 for non-essential retailers or £18,000 for hospitality and leisure businesses, is due to go live shortly.
Coun Bradley Thomas, leader of Wychavon District Council, said: “Every business that has closed their doors has played a vital role in getting this virus under control in our district.
“Now it’s time to repay them by getting out on to our high streets and supporting local traders. You can support them not only by giving them your custom but also by following the rules.
“This will help keep people safe and a lid on the virus so we don’t have to go through any more damaging lockdowns.”