East Devon District Council's #StayLocalShopSafe campaign encourages East Devon residents to rediscover the high street and support local businesses

Reopening High Streets Safely

From Monday 17th May, more long-missed businesses are re-opening, including cinemas and children’s play areas. Indoor adult group sport and exercise classes can also take place, while hotels, hostels and B&Bs are ready to safely welcome back guests and pubs can allow drinking and dining indoors.

As lockdown restrictions continue to ease, remember to support your local high streets and the businesses in your area.

When you visit an independent firm in East Devon you’re not only getting a unique and personalised service and product, you’re also protecting local jobs, supporting the area’s economy, the livelihoods of local businesses and lowering your carbon footprint.

As you rediscover your local high street please share the #StayLocalShopSafe campaign with your friends and family to encourage them to support local.

Local businesses are also encouraged to support the #StayLocalShopSafe campaign by sharing messaging on social media and maintaining safety controls in store.

The East Devon District Council Environmental Health Compliance Officers are working hard to support local businesses as they continue to serve East Devon shoppers safely, and EDDC Streetscene team’s provision of hand sanitising stations, safety signage and pavement markings remain in place to ensure we all stay safe.

Andy Squires, Covid Compliance Officer said:

Since early February my colleague Rachel Payne and I have been visiting the majority of small to medium sized businesses in East Devon high streets and villages. We have been offering Covid related advice, guidance and support as to how to operate safely within the Government regulations, and how to access financial support grants where applicable. This has generally been very well received and it has been a pleasure to be of assistance in these challenging times. As we follow the roadmap, we will continue to support businesses that have just reopened.

As life starts to return to normal and we return to the businesses we love, please remember to follow government safety guidance: regularly wash or sanitise your hands, wear a face covering, maintain a social distance and meet in the fresh air to help stop the spread of Covid-19.

Please #StayLocalShopSafe and support your #EastDevon High Street.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) received an allocation of £130,992 of funding from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 to support the safe reopening of High Streets and town centres. 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. For more information visit

The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund helps to put in place additional measures to support safe trading in public places, focussing on our town centres and high streets.

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