Bassetlaw’s high streets and markets are back in business with visitors, shoppers and businesses all contributing to a safer shopping experience.
Non-essential retail stores in Worksop, Retford, Harworth and Tuxford were permitted to re-open in line with Government guidance from 15th June, bringing to an end a 13-week enforced closure to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.
In this time Bassetlaw District Council, working in partnership with the North Notts BID, business forums, local businesses and other agencies, have put safety measures in place to keep shoppers safe and help businesses and market traders operate in a Covid-secure way.
These new measures and advice include: street and floor signage to help people queue safely and maintain a safe distance of two metres apart at all times; regular cleaning of high contact areas in the town centres; and reminding visitors to regularly wash their hands, use hand sanitiser and wash their hands when they get home.
The council is also encouraging visitors to pay by card if they can, and for those visitors who use the council’s car parks to pay using ‘RingGo’ in order to avoid using coins or touching parking machines.
Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Councillor Jo White, said: “For businesses, traders and shoppers, the gradual re-opening of our town centres and markets has been welcomed.
“Our priorities have been to provide a safe environment so that visitors can feel confident using our high streets, as well as supporting businesses to open in a safe way and provide ongoing advice through our Economic Development Team.”
“We are now assessing the latest Government guidance that will permit businesses like bars, restaurants and hairdressers to re-open and will be providing updates about all our town centres via our website at www.bassetlaw.gov.uk/towncentres”