Non-essential retailers like clothing shops, charity shops and retail art galleries are able to re-open from Monday 15 June 2020, in England, provided social distancing measures can be adopted.
A range of temporary measures are being Implemented in Oakham and Uppingham to protect the safety of staff and shoppers as people are welcomed back to the high streets. Measures put forward by the Town Councils, and supported by RCC, include:
- Installation of signs and floor-markings reminding people about social distancing
- Free car-parking to accommodate those travelling by private car
- Installation of additional bike-racks in Uppingham for those who prefer to cycle.
Plans are being finalised for a temporary one-way traffic system in Oakham high street. This will allow footways to be widened to give more room for pedestrians to give each other space, especially if it is busy. The date of the start of the one-way system will be confirmed shortly. On-Street parking will still be allowed along the. high street in Oakham. Physical signage will be in place along both high streets to help direct shoppers.
Each business is responsible for ensuring social distancing is possible and each should display a notice showing they are following Government guidance. The guidance for shoppers is that you should only visit shops with people you live with and you should practice social distancing from other people at all times: www.gov.uk/government/publications/Coronovirus-FAQs-what-you-can-and-cant-do
Working with town and parish councils, and local businesses, RCC is launching an ‘Open for business’ campaign to support residents and visitors returning to the towns. A dedicated website including what changes to expect, along with each business’ opening hours and what they are doing to ensure safe re- opening will go live from Saturday 13th June. Go to the RCC website and search ‘Open for business’.’