Lockdown eases on our high streets

Everyone has a part to play in supporting local business and containing the virus as lockdown easing continues.

From Saturday 4 July, pubs, restaurants and hairdressers are able to reopen, as long as they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines. It follows the reopening of non-essential shops on 15 June.  People using the urban centres should stay alert to the new measures that are in place, both within private premises and outdoors. Cherwell is undertaking a number of changes, including keep left signs and pavement stencils on narrow alleyways, sanitiser stations, and social distancing signage.   These new freedoms come with the responsibility that we all bear for following social distancing and hygiene measures.

All the shops, restaurants, pubs and cafés will have needed to have put a lot of thought and effort into how they make reopening safe for their staff and for their customers. CDC have done the same in public spaces. It’s vital that we all respect and follow these new measures.   People should also look out for some changes to road layouts and to be especially mindful of social distancing at bus stops, bus stations, markets and in car parks.

Shops and hospitality venues will be displaying posters in their entrances confirming that they have read and implemented Government’s “Five Steps to Safer Working Together” guidance. 

Many venues will also be carrying VisitEngland’s “We’re Good To Go” signage for UK tourism. It means businesses can demonstrate that they are adhering to Government and public health guidance. The free scheme is open to join for all businesses across the tourism industry.

A business checklist and links to relevant health and safety and food safety advice are available via www.cherwell.gov.uk/info/258/coronavirus/721/coronavirus-health-and-safety-and-food-safety