Nottinghamshire shoppers urged to shop locally but safely as more businesses re-open

A council is working alongside businesses in the area to make sure they are Covid-secure as more lockdown measures are eased.

By Shelley Marriott
Friday, 16th April 2021, 9:13 am

Non-essential shops, pubs, hairdressers and nail salons have all opened their doors this week as part of the next stage of the Government’s roadmap to normality returning in England.

Now council chiefs in Newark & Sherwood are urging residents to shop local to help kick-start the area’s economy and have been helping to make sure businesses are safe following three months of lockdown.

Coun David Lloyd, leader of Newark & Sherwood District Council said: “The last year has been unimaginably tough for our businesses, which is why we should all make that extra effort to shop locally and to choose a local retailer where we can if we are shopping online.

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Retailers, hospitality venues and personal care businesses have resumed trading in Newark & Sherwood.

“The re-opening of our high streets is key to kick-starting our economic recovery, however, Covid hasn’t gone away.

"While the vaccine is being rolled out at an incredible pace, it is still critical that a cautious approach is taken to ensure infection rates remain low as the vaccine roll out continues.”

Meanwhile, Maria Digisi, who runs Alfresco Caffe in Southwell, says she is delighted to finally welcome back customers.

She said: “We have missed the banter between friends and staff, and we are eager to welcome locals, friendly faces and know they are all safe and well.

“Re-opening now is important in supporting local businesses and for businesses to provide safe environments for customers. With the weather improving it will be a boost for all to thrive in the new norm and we look forward to a brighter future.”