An online ‘toolkit’ has been created by Wirral Council to help businesses reopen safely after lockdown.
Alan Evans, Wirral Council Director of Place & Regeneration, said: ‘As we plan to open up our high streets and town centres in the coming weeks, our absolute priority is to ensure the safety of our residents, visitors and the businesses which operate there’.
Wirral receive cash boost from Reopening High Streets Safely Fund?
With the announcement that Wirral is set to receive just over £286,000 from the Government Reopening High Streets Safely Fund, plans are being drawn up to establish where to use the money most effectively, alongside the Council’s economic recovery strategy.
The Council is considering a number of realistic measures including a deep clean of Birkenhead market, a suite of signs promoting social distancing and applying event management principles to help manage a smooth flow of people, helping to avoid pinch-points and congestion.
Go contactless and ‘Shop Local’
Wirral Council is continuing to encourage the use of contactless payments and to promote the message to shop local, which not only helps to underpin safety through social distancing but will also support the local economy to gain ground after a challenging three-month closure period.
‘We are still in uncertain times and our ‘new normal’ is bringing changes to the way we socialise, work and shop,’ said Alan Evans, Wirral Council Director of Place & Regeneration. ‘While we want to encourage people back into our high streets, we must reiterate the importance of social distancing, staying 2m apart, particularly in tight retail spaces and when walking along narrow pavements.’
Discretionary Fund grants now open
Wirral Council has opened the next round of funding to support local businesses with cash grants, after it was awarded £2.6m by the Government. Applications are open for market traders, B&Bs, charities, businesses in shared spaces, and other small businesses who missed out previously.