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Cornish town centres bring in new social distancing and shopping rules

Cornish town centres bring in new social distancing and shopping rules

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 7:00am 15th June 2020.

Town centres across Cornwall are bringing in new safety measures and social distancing rules as shops reopen following the coronavirus lockdown.

From Monday, non-essential retailers can welcome back customers provided procedures are in place.

The government has allocated £506,000 from the European Regional Development Fund to support high street re-openings in Cornwall.

In Camborne, an application has been submitted to Cornwall Council to help fund a range of measures that include installing two sanitiser stations, social distancing signage and pavement markings and employing a queue management warden.

Dependent on whether or not they can be managed safely in accordance with pending Cornwall Council advice, temporary toilets are also being considered.

In addition, the BID team have created a Camborne Cleanliness Charter that is being prominently displayed as a poster throughout the town. Advice is listed under three main headings – health, hygiene and helping others.

“We are hoping to be awarded around £20-25k of that money, on the basis that the overall amount equates to £1 per head of population and small hamlets and villages won’t need safe high street re-opening provision.

“It’s vital for people to feel protected and confident when they visit businesses in our town, and we will be regularly monitoring and reviewing arrangements to ensure that is happening in terms of both vehicle and pedestrian safety.

“We are also actively encouraging everyone to wear face coverings in shops. The last thing anyone wants is to see a spike in localised coronavirus infection as that will inevitably result in further lockdown and loss of livelihood. Observing public health guidelines is crucial and it seems increasingly evident that wearing masks or scarves helps reduce viral spread.”

BID Camborne manager, Anna Pascoe

Camborne town centre

In Penzance, 15 people have signed up as volunteer stewards along with experienced Cornwall Council and Penzance Council officers, to provide support for shoppers during the first couple of weeks of the re-opening of the town centre. 

Penzance BID says the measures which will be introduced in the town centre are already being followed by people shopping at supermarkets and chemists, and, more recently, at garden centres and DIY stores.

These include specific areas where people can keep their distance from others and queue safely while waiting to enter individual shops, and one way systems. 

Signs, flags, and floor stickers are being provided to show people where to go and will continue to remind them to follow social distancing measures and keep their hands clean by washing them regularly and using hand gel.  

Businesses will have strict limits on the number of people who can enter their premises at any one time, with many erecting screens at their tills and using other protective equipment.

Customers will be asked not to handle goods before buying them and encouraged to use contactless payment systems rather than paying by cash.  

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David Power was one of the first people to sign up as a volunteer steward.

David moved to Cornwall three years ago following a high profile career working as a chef in some of London’s top restaurants. After initially setting and running his own successful private catering business, a combination of stress and some significant health issues led to a decision to change careers. He is now a qualified teacher and was in the middle of training at Penwith College when the pandemic began. 

“After overcoming some personal demons it is very important to my recovery to keep busy.

“ I am also keen to give something back to the local community.

“I was immediately interested when I heard about the need for volunteer stewards and am looking forward to helping shoppers during the next few weeks”. 

David Power, volunteer steward

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