Supporting local businesses

Published Monday, 6th July 2020

Explaining support the Council has provided local businesses and responding to issues around social distancing, Councillor Jayne McCoy, Chair of the Housing, Economy and Business Committee said:

“The Council has been helping local businesses prepare for reopening for several weeks. 

"We have installed new signage, provided advice and guidance to business operators, and have town centre ambassadors working daily to help residents and businesses resolve any issues.  

"Over 78 visits to our hospitality and hairdressing sector were made over the weekend to support businesses in their preparations for reopening in line with Government guidance. We have been encouraged by the hard work that our businesses have put in to ensure that they are keeping their staff and their customers safe.

“We are proud of our town and district centres, the businesses and traders that employ local residents and the shoppers that keep them going.  

“There have been recent reports regarding a restaurant breaching social distancing advice. We take such reports seriously. In this instance, I can confirm the Council provided advice relating to their re-opening and reminded them of the government guidelines with regards to social distancing.

“We are speaking to the business owner to understand what happened. They will take any appropriate action in response. Our advice to all restaurants, bars and pubs allows them to open safely in line with government guidance as long as they stick to the restrictions regarding social distancing. Should any business have any questions relating to the measures they have put in place to become Covid Secure they should contact us using

“The Council will continue to do all it can to help local businesses and residents stay safe.”