Council plans for the safe reopening of High Streets

Cotswold District Council is working alongside retailers and small independent shops across the District to safely reopen and welcome local people back into town centres, with customer safety paramount.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement earlier this month regarding plans to restart the economy and ease lockdown restrictions over a planned period, Cotswold District Council is working with retailers and market traders to assist wherever possible with the phased re-opening of shops and stalls in our town centres.
Cllr Tony Dale, Cabinet Member for Economic Development, said: “We are taking a proactive safety-first approach to reopen town centres. Our goal is to help our district to recover as quickly as possible and we are committed to supporting businesses through the current situation and beyond. We want to encourage all our residents to shop locally and support Cotswold businesses.”

“As lockdown restrictions begin to ease we will be providing them with the tools and guidance they need to reopen with confidence and become more resilient.”
“We have produced a checklist for local business, including retailers, on how to work safely during the coronavirus outbreak and how to maintain social distancing, to keep both employees and customers safe.”

CDC are also producing posters and social distance floor markers to provide practical assistance for town centre businesses who have walk-in customers. These will be delivered to businesses in the coming weeks and any business that does not receive one can request a pack by emailing or calling us on 01285 623000.

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