The pandemic has had a huge impact on shops, pubs and restaurants, but the council is hitting back with its Shop Safe, Shop Local campaign.
Richard Cassidy, Chief Executive of East Herts Council, 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 East Herts Reopening the High Streets Safely Programme.
How to shop safely:
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-19 symptoms you must self-isolate.
*Independent Retailer Month.