Amazing Calderdale businesses and markets will play vital role in economy recovery
Independent businesses and markets in Calderdale will play a vital role in rebuilding the economy say Calderdale Council leaders.
Many businesses and trader will be opening their businesses for the first time since March.
All non-essential shops were ordered to close on March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but as part of the easing of restrictions, they are allowed to open up again from June 15.
Leaders at Calderdale Council say the role of traders will be important going forward.
Councillor Jane Scullion, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Resources, said: “Our amazing local businesses and markets have always been, and will continue to be, a vital part of Calderdale’s story. They make a major contribution to our economy and are one of the key features that make our borough stand out.
“We are doing everything we can to support them through the pandemic, and are working closely with them as part of the recovery and rebuilding of our place and economy.
“It’s a welcome step that non-essential retailers are able to reopen from 15 June if it’s safe for them to do so, and we encourage people to shop locally wherever possible to support our independent businesses.
“We are working on a range of measures to help make our town centres as safe as possible for everyone. We have recently installed social distancing signage in a number of centres, with more to come, and we’re also looking at where we can increase pedestrian space to allow people to shop and queue with confidence.
“However, COVID-19 is still present and the safety of our whole community remains the priority. So at the moment our advice is still to stay at home as much as possible, respect social distancing rules when you are out and about, wash your hands regularly and travel by walking or cycling if possible.
“Shopping will feel very different from what we’re used to for some time, but social distancing and protective measures are vital to protect each other, and we urge everyone to respect them to ensure a safe future for Calderdale.”
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