Posted: 14.04.21 at 09:19 by LAYTH YOUSIF @HitchinNubNews
Hitchin is once again open for businesses as lockdown eases.
Our town has reawakened after three long lockdowns in 13 months - and our renowned independent shops and businesses are welcoming people back.
The pandemic has had a huge impact on shops, pubs and restaurants - but North Herts District Council is asking residents to 'Shop Safe, Shop Local'.
NHDC is encouraging everyone to make a pledge to support local businesses by supporting the local High Street - and have come up with ten ways to boost our town and stay safe.
1) Make a pledge to support local businesses throughout 2021
2) Take a lateral flow test before shopping in town.
3) Give yourself a treat and dine outside in a local pub, café or restaurant
4) When shopping for essential goods and services abide by the physical distancing signage – remember to keep two metres
5) In-store wear a face covering at all times
6) Wash your hands and use hand sanitisers if shopping for essential goods
7) Handle as few things as possible, only pick-up what you want to buy
8) When you’re making a purchase use a card and don’t forget to bring your own bag
9) Avoid crowds and if there’s a queue, call back later
10) Remember if you have any Covid symptoms you must self-isolate
Steve Crowley, NHDC’s Service Director – Commercial, explains, “By buying your meat from a local butcher, or ordering a takeaway from a local café or restaurant, you will provide much-needed support to your local community.
“The latest research reveals that for every £1 spent with a local, independent business, between 50p-70p circulates back into that local economy.
"That’s why this Shop Safe, Shop Local campaign is encouraging residents to shop safe and buy local wherever they can.
“We all love our High Streets, but we all need to do our bit to support local businesses.”
The Shop Safe, Shop Local campaign is part of the North Herts Reopening the High Streets Safely Programme.