The UK wide lockdown is still in place, here is what you need to know about your high street
Since the 23rd of March, the country has been in lockdown with the Prime minister urging all people to stay at home, the Government has also stated that non-food retail businesses must close. This has left supermarkets and convenience stores as well as petrol stations and pharmacies as the main businesses on the high street you will see open. Takeaways that deliver are still able to continue trading but food will not be able to be collected by customers at the store. Major brands on the high street that have shut their stores continue to take orders online and deliver to customer's homes. Local Independent traders are also adapting to having to close their business by offering an online ordering and delivery service, whilst smaller food operators are incorporating social distancing rules to enter their stores.
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People are allowed to go to the shop for food and essentials but are asked to do this infrequently and are requested to go alone or with one member of the family that lives with you. Supermarkets are limiting the number of customers entering the stores at one time and have erected plastic screens and floor markings at the checkout to limit close contact. Special shopping hours have also been put in place to ensure the elderly can get all their provisions
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has promised to do ‘whatever it takes’ to support businesses and the British economy from the economic fallout of the coronavirus crisis. Offering an ‘unprecedented’ £300 billion of government-backed loans. Mr Sunak said the rates would be ‘attractive’ and he would go further if the demand was greater. The Chancellor also has extended the business rates holiday to all businesses in the hospitality sector and funding grants of up to £25,000 for smaller businesses. Read more
Delivery companies including royal Mail have been telling staff not to give customers hand-held devices to sign for deliveries that need a signature. Workers delivering post to customers will instead log the name of the person accepting the item and can sign on their behalf. In addition, when items are too big to fit through the letterbox, staff have been asked to place them on the doorstep and step back to a safe distance.
Offigo will continue to promote the businesses that are open and update the stores times accordingly. Stores that have closed temporarily that are now providing online-only ordering with home delivery, can be found on the offers page. Keep supporting your high street from home and keep safe and observe social distancing when visiting the supermarket. Add your business for FREE today by creating a business page.
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