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Preparations start to open high streets safely

Date Published: 29 May 2020
Oakham High Street

Planning is underway at Rutland County Council to support the safe reopening of Rutland’s high streets, following the Prime Minister’s announcement that non-essential retail can open from 15 June 2020.

The Council has been notified by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government that it will receive £35,627 of funding to support the re-opening of our high streets, while ensuring they are safe for residents and tourists to visit.

Guidance has also been provided to the Council to support preparations and implement social distancing measures on the high streets, in shops and workplaces.

Rutland County Council is now reviewing the guidance and communicating with Oakham and Uppingham Town Councils to develop plans and identify what funding is required.

“We are delighted that we are going to be able to reopen our high streets in the coming weeks. The pandemic has had a significant impact on our retailers, and it is imperative that they have the opportunity re-establish themselves safely. But we must do this safely and in such a way as to ensure both retailers, their customers, pedestrians and road users stay safe."    “The government funding will certainly enable us to start to reinvigorate our high streets and help support our towns in implementing the measures needed that protect traders and visitors accordingly.”
Councillor Oliver Hemsley, Leader of Rutland County Council

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