The ‘Reopening High Streets Safely' fund is allowing EDDC to put in place additional measures across our towns and public spaces, to enable safe trading environments for businesses and customers.
The Prime Minister has outlined the roadmap out of the current lockdown. Providing certain conditions are being met, shops, hairdressers, gyms and outdoor hospitality will reopen on 12 April. Like everyone, we are of course looking forward to when we can reopen safely and in the meantime, East Devon District Council are working to support local businesses to prepare.
In East Devon the Reopening of the High Streets programme is supporting a district wide media campaign, #StayLocalShopSafe, to inform residents and visitors about how to use their high streets and town centres safely and showcasing how local businesses are responding to the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic by adapting, evolving and reaching out to their community, offering safe and responsive ways to access the goods and services that they need.
If you are a local business owner, and would like to get involved with the media campaign (to feature in media articles, photography etc) please contact Anne Mountjoy stating your name, business and business location and we will be in touch.
To support the safe reopening of high streets, Environmental Health have recruited two new Covid Compliance Officers, whose role will be to support local businesses by providing the latest information and advice about providing safe environments for customers.
In addition, the Streetscene team have rolled out a number of temporary changes to public areas to ensure that our local High Streets and town centres are safe environments to visit. This includes the provision of hand sanitiser stations, safety signage and pavement markings.
EDDC is working closely to support the essential East Devon retailers, currently open during lockdown, and are also working with those which have had to close to ensure that a safe shopping environment is created post lockdown.
Whilst we prepare for the coming weeks and months, we would like to take this opportunity to remind residents that their local High Street can still be used for essentials.
When visiting your High Street please follow the latest government guidance, regularly wash or sanitise your hands, wear a mask and maintain social distancing at all times. Your local High Street should only be visited for essential items or to support businesses offering a Click and Collect service.
Please #StayLocalShopSafe and support your #EastDevon High Street.
When it is safe to reopen our high streets we will be:
• Reminding people to stay local
• Promoting safe shopping
• Reassuring people and developing shopper confidence
• Encouraging local business support
• Showcasing businesses
• Supporting the local economy and protecting local jobs