There’s no denying lockdown has taken its toll on all of us. Whether you’ve been climbing the walls waiting to get out into the world again or you’ve been missing friends and family, it’s safe to say we’re all enjoying lockdown easing.
Some of the hardest hit have been our local businesses owners across Lichfield District. Many of whom have spent lockdown working hard to support their communities through the difficult, and often scary, Covid-19 outbreak.
So, we’re doing our bit to help local businesses get back on their feet, as well as helping to keep you all safe, by supporting Lichfield District Council’s #LoveLocal campaign.
The council is working to make sure residents and visitors are safe and confident going back to their local high streets.
So, it’s launched #LoveLocal as part of the Reopening High Streets Safely project, which is being funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
It is aiming to promote Lichfield city and Burntwood town centres and other high streets across the district, while reinforcing messages around social distancing.
The council has been helping businesses carry out risk assessments and putting social distancing measures in place, so be aware that there may be some changes to the local shops you know and love.
It is also working hard to keep public spaces clean and tidy so you can feel safe when out and about.
It’s been amazing to see communities coming together through the pandemic, and we want to encourage everyone to support their local economy and shop local!
Safer shopping and visiting checklist
Please keep this checklist in mind to help you enjoy your next trip to support your local high street.
Before you leave home:
- Read the latest government guidance
- Double check opening times – lots of businesses have new hours
- Prepare to book – you may need to book a takeaway slot at your favourite café
- Check you have your face covering (if you need it) and hand sanitiser
- Keep a safe distance from others
- Prepare to queue outside stores
- Use hand sanitiser and carry extra
- Make contactless payments if possible
- Wear a face covering if travelling on public transport
- Try to keep left if passing someone
- Please use a bin or take your litter home
- Stay home if you have Covid-19 symptoms
We’ll see you out there!
European Regional Development Fund
The project has received £92,501 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Fund’s Growth Programme 2014-2020 .
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for European Regional Development Fund.
Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.