PREPARATIONS are underway in the Cotswolds ahead of the re-opening of ‘non-essential’ shops on June 15.
Cotswold District Council is working alongside retailers and small independent shops to safely reopen and welcome local people back into town centres, with customer safety paramount.
Cllr Tony Dale, cabinet member for economic development, said: “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.
“We have produced a checklist for local business, including retailers, on how to work safely and how to maintain social distancing, to keep both employees and customers safe.
“We 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 calling us on 01285 623000.”
Over the next couple of weeks, people visiting the town centres will start to see a number of physical changes.
Signage will be visible around the town centre to advise shoppers where to pause outside individual shops, and where restrictions may be enforced, such as limiting the number of people who can enter premises at the same time.