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Cornwall to get £500k to help recovery of high streets

Cornwall to get £500k to help recovery of high streets

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 6:21am 26th May 2020.

Cornwall is getting over half a million pounds as most shops are now able to start planning to reopen.

Boris Johnson has announced that non-essential retail shops can resume trading from the 15th June, as long as they stick to new rules on social distancing and hygiene.

The prime minister said outdoor markets and showrooms will be able to start trading again from 1st June - so long as they keep customers safe.

All other non-essential retailers - including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets - can follow suit two weeks later, from 15th June.

Employers will face "spot checks" to make sure they are implementing social distancing, and have been told they must complete a risk assessment after consultation with trade unions and workers.

Firms have been told to consider a number of measures to reassure customers and staff, including:

  • Placing a poster in their windows to demonstrate awareness of the guidance
  • Storing returned items for 72 hours before putting them back out on the shop floor
  • Placing protective coverings on large items touched by the public such as beds or sofas
  • Frequently cleaning objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, including self-checkouts, trolleys, coffee machines and betting terminals
market jew street penzance

Meantime, Cornwall Council is to receive £509,639 from the £50million Reopening High Streets Safely Fund, to help it introduce a range of safety measures in a move to get people back to work and customers back to the shops.

They money will help councils introduce a range of safety measures in a move to kick-start local economies, get people back to work and customers back to the shops.

It will also support a range of practical safety measures including new signs, street markings and temporary barriers. This will help businesses get ready for when they can begin trading safely, not only in high streets and town and city centres, but also in other public spaces like beachfronts and promenades.

Councils will also be able to use this money to develop local marketing campaigns to explain the changes to the public and reassure them that their high streets and other commercial areas are safe. 

Falmouth town centre

“High streets are critical to the economic recovery of our towns and cities and this new fund builds on longer-term funds already in place to support their revival and boost their economic fortunes including the Towns Fund which Truro successfully bid for last year. “

“I welcome this new money which will be provided to Cornwall Council to help make our high streets across Truro and Falmouth ready for reopening when the time comes.”

“I look forward to working with Cornwall Council in order to ensure it is deployed quickly and to maximum benefit to the communities they serve.”

Cherilyn Mackrory, Member of Parliament for Truro and Falmouth

Truro River Street

“I welcome Cornwall Council’s allocation of this new money, which will support practical measures so businesses in Cornwall can re-open quickly when the guidance changes, staff can get back to work and customers return to shops confident it is safe.”

“I hope they will be able to use it to quickly allow high streets in communities across Cornwall to put the measures in place they need to reopen quickly and safely when the time is right to do so.”

St Austell and Newquay MP Steve Double

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