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We’ve all missed something we love doing whether it’s browsing local shops, visiting a salon, meeting a friend for coffee or going out for dinner.

As part of the Reassuringly Local Campaign, we have launched ‘Let’s Get Back to Supporting Our Traders Safely’, following stage by stage the easing of restrictions on our high streets across the district and encouraging everyone to visit safely.

From Monday 12 April, many of our town centre businesses have turned over their closed signs and are welcoming customers once more. So what’s happening on our high streets?

  • Shops allowed to reopen, including hairdressers and beauty salons. Click one of the following towns to plan your next shopping trip.
  • Restaurants and pubs allowed to serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors. Click here to see a list of hospitality businesses reopening near you.
  • Members of the same household can take a holiday in the UK in self-contained accommodation. Click here to browse local staycation destinations and accommodation.
  • People can also meet up outside, either with one household or within the ‘rule of six’ (from 29 March). Grab a drink and something to eat from your local coffee shop or café and meet up with friends in one of the nearby parks such as Priory Park in Great Malvern, Victoria Park in Malvern Link or The Burgage in Tenbury or along the riverside in Upton. Click here for the full list.

Our traders are going the extra mile so you don’t have to but here’s a reminder on how to keep yourself safe during the easing of restrictions:

  • Regularly wash your hands and use hand sanitiser when entering the store. There are also hand sanitiser stations located around each high street.
  • Use a face covering (always covers both nose and mouth) in stores (unless legally exempt)
  • Try not to touch items unless you intend to buy them
  • Keep apart from people not in your household, 2 metres if possible, including when queuing
  • Follow the Covid-19 Secure measures businesses have put in place
  • Pay contactless if you can
  • Continue to make use of traders’ delivery and click and collect services
  • Follow the rules on group mixing when using outdoor hospitality

We look forward to seeing you in one of our great town centres soon.

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