Updated: Jan 18, 2021
w/c 14th December 2020
Given the previous announcements of the rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in the South East of England, it came as no real surprize when Southend was moved into Tier Three restrictions earlier this week alongside other areas within Essex. But what does this new tier mean for businesses?
Shops are allowed to remain open so you can still head into town to finish up your Christmas shopping and with several parking promotions running in select car parks you can get it done for less, including free parking on Sundays. And as personal care services and gyms can also remain open, you can make sure you are looking your best for your Christmas video calls by heading to the hairdressers, barbers and nail salons, or get some exercise in ahead of your indulgent Christmas feast.
For hospitality businesses and indoor entertainment venues this new tier came as another blow in a year which will surely be used as a curse word by many in the future. They have had to shut their doors once again at a time when they are usually thriving with people breaking up for Christmas and wanting to enjoy some festive fun. Try to support these businesses where you can so they can end the year with a glimmer of hope – buy vouchers where possible, leave reviews online, order their takeaways, and treat yourself to a delivery.
The restrictions may be being eased for Christmas but we must stay safe and be careful to follow the hands, face and space rules to help minimise the spread of COVID-19. This will give us a better chance of changing our tier in the new year so that our businesses can reopen sooner and start 2021 on a positive note.
Take a look at www.VisitSouthend.co.uk for some safe ideas on what you can get up to this month including the Christmas Tree Trail which finishes this Sunday.