Date Published: 17 June 2020
Rutland is open for business as Rutland County Council, working with Uppingham and Oakham Town Councils, welcomes residents back to shops and businesses.
Non-essential retailers, like clothing stores, charity shops, and retail art galleries are now able to reopen in England, as long as social distancing measures are put in place.
A range of temporary measures have been implemented in Oakham and Uppingham to ensure the safety of shoppers and staff as people are welcomed back to the high streets.
Measures put forward by Town Councils and being supported by Rutland County Council include:
- Installing signs and floor markings reminding people to social distance
- To accommodate the return of shopping to the region, free parking will be available for those travelling by car
- Installing additional bike racks in Uppingham and Oakham
Businesses are responsible for ensuring social distancing measures are applied within their own premises and will display a notice to show they have followed Government guidance.
“Lockdown has been tremendously tough for everyone and we’re extremely grateful to our local businesses for helping to support the community during this time. It’s testament to everyone pulling together that it’s now safe enough to reopen our high streets, with stores across the region ready to welcome shoppers back. We urge residents to shop locally whenever they can. It’s time to restart Rutland’s economy.”
Council Leader Oliver Hemsley
Rutland received funding of £35,600 to support its high street re-opening programme to focus on the safety of residents and tourists, as well as workers. There are stringent rules on how the funding must be spent and guidance from Government has been provided on the implementation of social distancing measures.
“Things will be a little different at first, with some temporary measures in place to ensure safe shopping for all parties. It’s vital we all do our bit to follow the rules, protect ourselves and each other. We’ll be monitoring the situation closely and if guidelines aren’t being followed, we’ll step in and take action.”
Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure
The latest Government guidance on going to the shops states you must only visit shops with people you live with and you should practice social distancing from other people at all times.
Working with town and parish councils, and local businesses, Rutland County Council has launched an ‘Open for Business’ campaign to welcome residents and visitors back to Rutland’s towns.
A dedicated website has more information on what changes to expect, along with details of each business’ opening hours and what they are doing to ensure safe reopening.