From Monday 15th June, all non-essential shops in Old Bexley and Sidcup are able to reopen their doors, as part of the next steps in the Government’s careful easing of lockdown in England – provided they are meeting robust safety guidelines, keeping staff and customers safe.
James Brokenshire has maintained contact with local businesses throughout Covid-19 to ensure they are receiving the support they need, representing their views and experiences to Government Ministers and ensuring they have taken all the necessary steps to keep their workers and customers safe when they reopen.
Bexley Council have received £220,176 from the Reopening High Street Safely Fund to help introduce safety measures, including new signs, street markings and temporary barriers for the reopening of non-essential shops.
This has been a challenging time for Old Bexley and Sidcup’s local shops and the re-opening of shops from today will help restart the local economy and allow High Streets to spring back to life – whilst keeping the risk of infection down.
Commenting, James said:
“Whilst I have been working hard to help businesses in Old Bexley and Sidcup throughout Covid-19, the best way to support local shops is to use them. I would therefore encourage constituents to shop safely and shop local to help kickstart our High Streets and local economy.”
“Local businesses lie at the heart of Old Bexley and Sidcup and I would like to thank them for all of their hard work and efforts in preparing and reorganising their shop to reopen safely.”
“I would also like to remind constituents when visiting our brilliant local shops to maintain social distancing, follow instructions inside and outside shops, follow all necessary hygiene measures and be respectful to shop staff.”