Wednesday 15th July 2020,
North Edinburgh Community News

Government urges people to shop local as retail businesses reopen today

The public are being encouraged to shop local as retail businesses across the country prepare to reopen today.

Under the move to phase two of the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown street-access retail can now reopen once guidance is implemented.

Today also marks the easing of restrictions on housing moves, outdoor markets, the construction sector, factories, warehouses and labs and research facilities.

The re-opening is underpinned by a new Scottish Government campaign which includes posters for retailers, encourages the public to enjoy shopping again as they safely support businesses in their local area.

It asks shoppers to pay attention to signs, guidance and instructions from shop staff, to shop outside of peak hours and to follow current health guidance.

This includes the wearing of face coverings.

Economy Secretary Fiona Hyslop said “The progress made in tackling COVID-19 because of compliance of the public with lockdown rules means we are now in a position to ease some restrictions.

“Shops with street access in high streets across the country will be re-opening from today in a significant step towards the recovery of our economy, which has been very severely hit by coronavirus.

“High street retailers have shown huge resilience since the start of lockdown and the work they have done to safely prepare for re-opening, with close engagement between industry and trade unions, has been very welcome.

“As the high street re-opens we are making it clear shoppers are welcome back to their local high street as long as they shop safely and observe key safety messages such as the wearing of face coverings.”

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