Stay local

Stay local

This week, non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality venues reopened doors to customers as we reached the second step in the government’s roadmap.

I’m delighted that more of our high streets and local businesses are now able to trade again after months of closure, albeit in a slightly different format than before.

Over the last couple of weeks, we’ve been able to observe the rule of six outdoors and in private gardens.

Since then, I’m sure many of you have been counting down the days to sitting outside your favourite cafes and restaurants, enjoying a coffee or lunch with friends and family.

Though this next step feels hopeful, I urge the public to remain vigilant.

As the restrictions begin to ease, the virus has more opportunity to spread or mutate, which is why we need to continue watching our distance, washing our hands and wearing our face coverings in the appropriate settings.

These 3Ws are arguably more important as we begin to socialise more so that we don’t find ourselves moving backwards.

It’s also important to remember that some safety measures should continue at home too. We advise that regular touchpoints like door handles and surfaces are frequently cleaned and that homes are kept well ventilated.

We’re also encouraging residents to be mindful of the number of journeys they make and to stay local now the ‘stay at home’ rule has been lifted.

The borough has lots of beautiful green spaces and parks to enjoy so you can still get your exercise or have a socially distanced picnic with friends if you don’t have a garden.

If we all continue to do our bit, we’re more likely to stay on an upward trajectory and meet the milestones set by government.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to encourage residents to #SupportLocal. Many of the borough’s small businesses have had to make changes over recent months so they could continue trading and to welcome customers back safely. So, let’s support them like they’ve been supporting us!

Posted on Wednesday 14th April 2021
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