Shop Safe, Shop Local
12 June 2020
After what will have been 12 weeks of lockdown, most businesses across Brent are set to reopen from next week. (June, 15).
Across the country, businesses have been hit hard by the pandemic and Brent is no exception.
We want to give our town centres, high streets, retailers, small businesses and markets across the borough the best chance possible of bouncing back as the lockdown restrictions are eased, but we must stay safe.
Shop Safe, Shop Local is a new Brent Council campaign aimed at encouraging businesses and shoppers alike to do their bit to stop further spread of the virus, avoid a second peak, help our businesses to bounce back and life return as much as possible back to normal.
What can you do?
Easing of lockdown measures does not mean the threat posed by COVID-19 has gone away.
It is up to all of us to continue to follow social distancing and public health guidelines while on the high street and inside shops.
Follow queuing instructions and one-way systems that have been laid our for everyone’s safety.
Small independent businesses which are the lifeblood of our High Streets have been hit hardest by the lockdown – and they need your support now more than ever.
By shopping local, you are doing your bit to support local businesses, maintain local jobs and preserve the character of your High Street.
Many restaurants across the borough which cannot yet reopen are operating a takeaway and delivery service. Click here https://www.brent.gov.uk/your-community/coronavirus/local-deliveries/
Remember to avoid using cash and pay for your goods through a contactless card payment if you can, and avoid handling goods that you don’t intend to buy.
Also, look out for posters in shop windows which show businesses have completed the Government’s reopening checklist to ensure they are COVID-secure.
Walk and cycle
Make the most of our new temporary cycle lanes and wider pavements to help support social distancing. As well as ensuring journeys are kept local, walking and cycling is a better mode of transport for your health and the environment.
Make sure you wear a face covering if using public transport but as the government guidance says, avoid it altogether if you can.
What can businesses do?
Complete the Government’s checklist on reopening safely and reassure customers by displaying the ‘Staying COVID-19 Secure in 2020’ poster in your shop window. www.brent.gov.uk/businesssupport
Remember to be considerate when displaying goods outside of your shop and ensure there is enough space for social distancing. Consider also if longer opening hours would help reduce queuing at peak times.
If there’s anything the council can do to further support you, do contact us.