Council Steps in to Help High Street Shops Reopen ‘Safely’Published Wednesday, 03 June 2020
Over 250 Ribble Valley high street retailers have received letters this week asking when and how they intend reopening as the first step in getting the borough back to business.
The Government has said non-essential shops can reopen from June 15, but shopkeepers will have to demonstrate that their premises are ‘Covid-secure’.
National guidance has been published to help businesses implement safe ways of working, including undertaking a Covid-19 risk assessment.
Ribble Valley Borough Council leader Stephen Atkinson said: “The pandemic has had a significant impact on our retailers and it is imperative that they have the opportunity to get back to business.
“But it must be done in a way that ensures retailers, their customers, pedestrians and road-users remain safe.
“We are delighted that we are going to be able to reopen our high streets in the coming weeks and are contacting retailers to understand the best way to implement the necessary safety measures.”
Ribble Valley Borough Council has received £53,771 from the Government’s Reopening High Streets Safely Fund, which aims to help councils prepare for the safe reopening of town centres by installing a range of safety measures, such as signage, street markings and new routes for traffic.