SHOPS across the Uttoxeter area – and England – will be allowed to reopen today (Wednesday, December 2) as the second Covid-19 lockdown comes to an end.
The shift from lockdown to ‘Very High Alert Level’ or Tier 3, will mean non-essential shops can open again, although pubs, restaurants and other entertainment venues such as cinemas will remain closed. After being forced to close for most of November, many shops are in urgent need of a boost in sales before Christmas.
And East Staffordshire Borough Council (ESBC), has launched a new campaign in a bid to support local independent businesses. The new ‘Stay Local’ initiative aims to support businesses across the borough by raising awareness of local businesses and promoting safe shopping across a range of media including outdoor, social media and online.
A package of assets for local businesses can be accessed via the new campaign toolkit, which is available to download at ESBC’s website. The tools will help businesses promote their goods and services and demonstrate how they are adhering to safety guidance. A range of assets will also be available for local residents to show their support.
Cllr Sue McGarry, Cabinet Support Member at ESBC, said: “It’s been a tough year for local businesses, who’ve worked tirelessly to adapt the way they operate to keep customers safe and to keep their businesses alive. We hope the introduction of the ‘Stay Local’ campaign can help provide them with a boost going into the festive period, particularly now that we will be subject to the Tier 3 restrictions.”
The campaign follows a number of initiatives put in place by the authority to help residents stay safe during the Coronavirus pandemic, including town centre signage and the recent introduction of Covid marshals.
For full details on the campaign and to download assets from the online toolkit: visit: www.eaststaffsbc.gov.uk/coronavirus/stay-local.
In the seven days November 25, cases of Covid-19 in Uttoxeter Heath ward dropped by 25 to 13, although the case rate remained above average for England. Uttoxeter Town ward saw a drop of just one case, bringing the total to 20 and also remaining above average.
Cases dropped by 10 to 17 in the Mayfield, Rocester and Bramshall area, although again remaining above average, while cases were also at 17 following a fall of two in Abbots Bromley, Yoxall and Marchington. Total cases for Doveridge, Brailsford and Bradley rose by one to 13, pushing the area above average. The ‘Very High Alert’ Tier 3 rules are scheduled to be reviewed by the Government on December 16.
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