March, Wisbech, Chatteris and Whittlesey high streets prepare to re-open
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Pavement markings, street signage and banners are going up in the four Fenland towns to help shoppers observe social distancing.
It is part of what Fenland District Council describe as a “recovery plan” to support the re-opening of high streets.
From Monday, June 15, people will be able to visit non-essential retail outlets such as clothing stores and charity shops, which can reopen if COVID-19 safety guidelines are met.
“We have drawn up a blueprint of measures to help kick-start the local economy, keep people safe and encourage customers back to the shops as coronavirus lockdown restrictions ease further next week,” said a council spokesman.
In the first phase of its plan, the council will introduce a range of visual measures in and around Fenland’s four town centres, such as pavement markings, street signage and banners, to help shoppers observe social distancing.
Signage will also be installed at car parks, bus stops, and busy or narrow footways, to compliment measures from Cambridgeshire County Council.
There will also be additional cleansing of town centres, Council-owned public toilets and public open spaces, and council officers will regularly patrol each of the towns to offer guidance to shoppers and respond to any concerns.
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“The council is also working with businesses to help identify areas where it can further support business recovery. Local businesses and market traders are being contacted, and a survey has been launched, to gauge the level of support needed.” A ‘shop local’ campaign is also being considered.
Cllr Ian Benney, the portfolio holder for economic growth, said: “As we get used to a ‘new normal’ on our high streets it is also more important than ever for communities to shop local.
“By choosing to spend your money in a small business you are helping to support and protect our local economy. Essential shops, such as supermarkets and pharmacies, have already shown that while safe trading is challenging, it is achievable.”
“Many retailers are well prepared and ready to re-open, but we are here to help if any businesses need support.” The council is set to receive £90,000 from the Government’s reopening high streets safely fund.