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Keeping you safe as Wyre’s high streets reopen

Lets do it for Lancashire Logo Published Monday, 30 November 2020

Wyre Council has undertaken new measures to keep shoppers safe as high streets begin to reopen this week.

From Monday 30 November, COVID marshals will start to visit town centres and high streets across the borough to explain and encourage best practice and national coronavirus guidance. Their role is not to enforce COVID-19 regulations, but to keep people safe. They will help to promote social distancing and encourage public compliance with government set health measures, and will work with business providing support by helping to explain COVID-19 secure guidance.

Also from 2 December Wyre Council will be giving pedestrians more space, allowing them to social distance more easily in Cleveleys by temporarily closing some parking bays in order to widen the high street. The council will be using concrete barriers to widen the streets along Victoria Road West, whilst retaining space for disabled parking.

Other measures the council has taken to reopen high streets safely include installing hand-sanitising stations in town centres as well as social distancing reminder signs. They have also worked with the Health and Safety Executive, visiting business premises to clarify guidance and help them become COVID secure.

Councillor Alan Vincent, Portfolio Holder for Resources at Wyre Council comments, “We want to wish all the shops reopening in Wyre this week the best of luck.

“You might notice our COVID marshals as they start to visit our town centres and high streets. Fear not, their intention is not to penalise businesses or residents, but to help keep people safe. They will be working with businesses to help them to operate in a COVID secure way and create a safe shopping environment for our residents. As a shopper, you might be reminded of regulations such as keeping your distance whilst queuing, but please be assured they are here to help.

“Also, widening the busy high street in Cleveleys will give shoppers more room, helping them to keep their distance from others when in the town. These actions are part of a range of measures we have taken to help our residents feel safe when they are out and about and also to encourage people to support our businesses as they reopen. Businesses across Wyre are very much looking forward to welcoming customers back after the national restrictions end, and we know that they have worked really hard to make their premises COVID secure. We do hope that people will choose to show their support and shop local this Christmas.”

If you are a local business and need advice or support to reopen safely please get in touch by emailing commercialsafety@wyre.gov.uk

 

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