The Prime Minister has confirmed that ‘non-essential; shops, hairdressers and gyms can reopen in England from Monday 12 April. Boris Johnson said that the next stage of England’s roadmap out of lockdown can go ahead as planned.
Epsom & Ewell Borough Council is urging local residents to shop local.
A spokesperson said “It’s vital we support our own communities. By buying your meat from a local butcher, purchasing from one of the new stall holders at Epsom Market, opting to use the shops at Stoneleigh, ordering a takeaway from restaurant in Ewell and getting a haircut at one of the many shopping parades across the borough, you will provide much-needed support to your local community.
“Research form the campaign group Independent Retailer Month, suggests that for every £1 spent locally around 50p – 70p of that money recirculates back into the local economy. That’s why the Council’s ‘Shop Safe, Shop Local, Shop Epsom & Ewell’ campaign is encouraging residents to shop safely and buy locally wherever they can.
“Supporting local businesses means that they will stay in business through this difficult period.”
Staying local, as individuals can walk and cycle, also boosts exercise and is more environmentally sustainable.
Some retailers will be taking advantage of temporary relaxation in trading rules that will allow them to stay open until 10pm from Monday to Saturday in a bid to spread out shoppers and avoid congestion.
Pubs, restaurants and other hospitality can reopen from 12 April, but customers must sit outdoors and be served via table service. Indoor leisure centres – including swimming pools and gyms can also open their doors again.
Hosted activities at council venues, including at Bourne Hall, will be re-established in line with the government roadmap, increasing the activities available to residents and supporting neighbouring businesses.
Please help us continue to make the borough safe for the return of shoppers by:
Following social distancing guidelines:
- Paying by contactless where possible
- Following directional signage
- Being considerate and give way
- Wearing face coverings when social distancing isn’t possible.