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  • Writer's pictureSouthend BID

Cheers to Reopening

w/c 22 June 2020

At 12.30pm on Tuesday afternoon businesses from around the country eagerly tuned into Boris to hear the details on the next phase of reopening and how restrictions may be eased.

Owners and staff from pubs, restaurants, hair salons, tourist attractions and hotels rejoiced as they were given the go ahead to reopen. To coincide with this reopening date the Prime Minister also confirmed that the social distancing rules will be changing from 2 metres to '1 metre plus'. This means that we should all continue to stay 2 metres apart wherever possible but allows businesses that would be severely restricted by this to apply a 1 metre distancing rule as long as the appropriate mitigations are in place.

Without this change it simply would not have been logistically or economically feasible for countless businesses to reopen. Reduced capacity would results in lower sales but with the same high costs. Now, although still restricted on capacities, there is more scope to cover costs and earn some money in the process.

But we must acknowledge that distancing measures and safety procedures are still in place. Reopening businesses are preparing by reviewing and actualising the guidelines set out to ensure the virus does not resurge and everyone is kept safe. Please help our local businesses by continuing to stay safe by staying apart and adhere to the guidelines that are in place whilst you shop.

We’re slowly able to tick off those items on our “things to do after lockdown” lists and I for one am excited to spend some pennies in the arcades, have a meal eat out and enjoy a cold drink in a pub garden. Cheers to that!

- Suzanne Gloyne


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