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Scarborough Prepares for Traders Re-Opening

Scarborough Prepares for Traders Re-Opening

Published by Jon Burke at 1:24pm 11th June 2020.

As the nation’s non-essential retailers gear up for a return to business on Monday 15 June, Scarborough Borough Council says it's introducing a number of practical measures to support the borough’s communities to trade and shop as safely as possible during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Eye-catching signage advising people to maintain social distancing, practise good hand hygiene, pick up their litter and pay by contactless payment where possible, is being rolled out in the borough’s three main towns, Filey, Scarborough and Whitby. The messages will feature on street signs and lamppost banners, in shop windows and on floor stickers.

The council is installing 30 hand sanitiser units throughout the three towns to help people keep their hands clean when they are out and about.

Ambassadors are being employed to operate in the town centres and busy seafront areas to offer advice and help businesses and customers to remain COVID-19 safe.

Selected road closures and on street parking suspensions on busy days will be deployed by North Yorkshire County Council, to help manage flows of people and help them to maintain the crucial social distancing.

The council is emailing a guidance document to around 5,000 businesses on its database. The document covers top tips for operating as a COVID-19 safe business. It includes signposts to official government guidance and practical measures that businesses should adopt for inside and outside their premises.

The document will be available to download from the support for businesses section at scarborough.gov.uk/coronavirus. Artwork for the council’s coronavirus themed signage will also be available for download from the same webpage. Businesses that wish to commission signage for their own business, to supplement the material the council is installing in public areas, will be able to use the artwork to send to their own supplier.

The interventions being deployed by the council are government funded as part of the national agenda to support the reopening of town centre high streets.

The council is interested to hear from retailers about their plans for operating as a COVID-19 safe business and their experiences of managing their business post opening. This will allow best practice and also challenges to be shared so that the borough’s communities can support each other to start to rebuild the local economy. Businesses can email information to covid19businesssupport@scarborough.gov.uk

Scarborough Borough Council Cabinet Member for Inclusive Growth, Cllr Liz Colling, said:

“Next Monday will be an exciting and anxious day for everyone as we all learn to adapt to a new normal.

Many local retail businesses are pulling out all the stops to be ready to open safely and we are doing everything we can to support their efforts.

The package of measures we are introducing are designed to support retailers and their customers to get back to trading and shopping as soon as possible and operate in a safe way to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.

We know we are at the start of a long road, but we are committed to working with businesses and our partners to progress the economic recovery of our borough in the months ahead.”

The council would like to remind people that charging and enforcement for car parking will resume on 15 June.

People are encouraged to pay for parking ‘hands free’ using the RingGo app. Anyone needing to pay by cash (or card where the parking machine has that facility) is asked to use hand sanitiser before and after using the machine to minimise their risk of catching or spreading the virus.

NHS and critical care staff, NHS coronavirus volunteers and social care key workers will still benefit from free parking as long as they display identification of their employment in their vehicle. This is a nationally recognised scheme and permits can only be issued by the worker’s employer.

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