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Reopening our high streets

We are back! Our local retail stores, which had closed during the COVID pandemic, were able to re-open their doors from Monday June 15 and welcome back valued customers. From Saturday 4th July, the government has has announced pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will also be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID secure guidelines.

Rochford District Council is committed to supporting local businesses in our town centres and shopping parades to reopen in a way that is both safe for customers and staff in terms of social distancing and hygiene, whilst helping to spread the word that our fantastic town centres and shops are back and open for business!

We want to spread the word that our fantastic town centres and independent retailers are open for business again, and that shoppers can visit in a safe way that maintains social distancing. To achieve this, we will be installing a range of safety measures and notices in your town centre, allowing people to circulate safely. 

Our town centres are changing

To keep you safe out town centres now have helpful information to keep you, your staff and your customers safe.

Rochford District Council is committed to supporting local businesses in our town centres and shopping parades to reopen in a way that is both safe for customers and staff in terms of social distancing and hygiene, whilst helping to spread the word that our fantastic town centres and shops are back and open for business!

 

Helpful information to keep you, your staff and your customers safe.

Resources for reopening

Latest advice for cafes, bars hairdressers and other service industries.

Hospitality and close contact services

The Government has published guidance for businesses on how to reopen their premises safely.

Guidance for Businesses

 
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Advice for Shoppers

  • Do not travel to the high street if you have any COVID symptoms

  • Maintain a 2 metre distance from those outside your household

  • Follow signs and instructions provided on the street and in stores wherever possible

  • Practice safe queuing by not joining queues where it would block the footway

  • Avoid touching stock you do not intend to buy

  • Use digital means of payment where available

  • Wear a face covering if using public transport

  • Consider bringing your own face coverings and hand gel with you to the high street

As our high streets begin to re-open in phases, we are encouraging our residents to support local businesses by shopping locally and safely. We will be putting up signage to encourage visitors to our high streets to shop and travel safely and are actively exploring physical changes to the high streets to make it easier for our residents to shop with confidence. We will keep this website and our social media channels up to date as our plans and advice develops over the coming days and weeks.

Parking

Rochford District Council have recommenced enforcement measures in the Council’s pay and display car parks from Monday 1 June, 2020. Please ensure you purchase a PayByPhone session or a ticket.

While the purchase of a ticket using cash will be possible, it is strongly advised that the PayByPhone payment option is used to avoid queuing and contact with coins and the ticket machines.

If you haven’t already registered, full information is displayed on the machines and noticeboards. To save time, please register on-line before your visit at https://paybyphone.co.uk/

If you don’t have a Smartphone, you can still use the service by calling 0330 400 7275 and follow the prompts to enter your details and complete the payment.  If you would prefer to text send REG followed by a space and then your vehicle registration number in a text message to 65565 and you will be called back to complete the payment.

Customers are reminded to follow the Government’s social distancing advice at all times in the car parks.  

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The Council continues to provide free car parking for NHS staff and social care workers until further notice. If you are one of these workers, please display supporting official evidence on the windscreen of your vehicle.

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Contact us

If you have any questions regarding the reopening of our high streets, please contact us and we will aim to answer you as soon as possible. Please bear in mind that during this time we may take longer than usual to reply.

 
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