Ready for a safe return to the high street

Friday, 12 June, 2020

On Monday (15 June) many high street shops selling non-essential items will reopen their doors for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown began and Havant Borough Council (HBC) is ready to help shoppers and businesses.

The council has enlisted friendly high street helpers to visit high streets around the borough to offer help and advice to shoppers and keep an eye out for any safety risks.

Signage is being put up around the borough to remind shoppers of three key points:

  • Please wear a face covering in enclosed spaces or where social distancing isn’t possible.
  • Always keep a minimum of two metres (six feet) apart and avoid blocking the path.
  • Wash hands before and after shopping – and consider carrying hand sanitiser.

The council’s Food & Safety team has also been offering help to local businesses to ensure that the risk of infection to shoppers is minimised.

Cllr Tim Pike, Havant Borough Council's Cabinet Lead for Planning, Regeneration and Communities, said: "It's important we get shops open and the economy moving, but we must do that safely and in a way that keeps shoppers and workers feeling secure.

"By adhering to the measures we are setting out, we can take the first step towards returning to normal life, while minimising the spread of the virus.

"If we all take sensible precautions, such as wearing face-masks and using hand sanitiser, we can open up our high streets safely and comfortably and get our businesses back up and running."

Advice for residents on shopping safely in Havant borough.

Advice for businesses on reopening during the coronavirus outbreak.