People urged to ‘Support Local’ as businesses prepare to re-open

As the High Street prepares to welcome back shoppers, people across the Chichester District are being encouraged to ‘Shop Local, Spend Local, Support Local’ and help support their local businesses back onto their feet.

Tuesday, 6th April 2021, 3:56 pm
Updated Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 9:13 am
Chichester city centre will soon welcome shoppers. Pic Steve Robards

Businesses across the district are currently preparing to welcome customers back in person from Monday (April 12) when the next stage of the Government’s roadmap takes effect with the reopening of non-essential retail.

Jane Hotchkiss, director of Growth, Place and Regeneration at Chichester District Council, said: “Our businesses are extremely eager to see customers face-to-face again and have been busy putting a wide range of measures in place to keep both customers and staff safe within their premises. From one-way systems to ensuring the correct signage and hygiene measures are available, I know that our businesses really want customers to feel as safe as possible. They have been putting in a lot of effort to welcome shoppers back and we’re keen to reassure people that they can feel confident about returning to the district’s High Streets.

“It’s vital that people support businesses as they reopen, but we encourage people to do this safely so that we can continue protecting each other against the virus. All we ask is that you keep yourself and others safe by observing social distancing, wearing a face covering when required, and regularly washing or sanitising your hands when out and about.

Chichester District Council wants to encourage people to shop local in a safe, socially-distanced way SUS-210604-154340001

“I am really looking forward to seeing our High Streets in Chichester, East Wittering, Midhurst, Petworth and Selsey back in business and watching our district spring to life again.”

As well as the reopening of non-essential retail, Chichester’s Wednesday market and Farmers’ Market are set for a safe return to the High Street this month. In line with the Government’s plan to carefully ease restrictions, the markets can now resume in their normal location. The Wednesday markets, operated by Bray’s Associates, will move back to the city centre from April 14. The Farmers’ Markets, which are run by Chichester District Council, will return to East Street every first and third Friday of the month from April 16.

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