Hertsmere residents are being urged to support local businesses when non-essential shops reopen on Monday (15 June) and steps have been taken to ensure they can do so in a safe way.
Throughout the last few weeks, measures have been put in place in Borehamwood and Radlett to provide more space for pedestrians; help make sure safe social distancing is possible and ensure that people can move around their towns and villages in a way that meets guidance from Central Government. The public health-led changes, implemented by Hertfordshire County Council with support from Hertsmere Borough Council, have included removing parking allocation and introducing road closures in Shenley Road in Borehamwood and Watling Street in Radlett.
New signs will also be going up around town centres and key shopping locations in order to encourage everyone to look after themselves and others.
Guidance for business owners to make their premises as safe as they possibly can is available here, including links to government guidance on working safely during the coronavirus outbreaks, and there is a ‘Five Steps to Working Safely’ strategy available through the county council's website.
Councillor Morris Bright MBE, Leader of Hertsmere Borough Council, said:
“The re-opening of non-essential shops is a welcome step towards normality for our residents and businesses and brings some vibrancy back to our town centres.
“However we have to bear in mind that Hertsmere was among the hardest hit areas in the country during this pandemic at its peak, so we must be cautious and continue to look out for each other.
“We can all play our part in helping local businesses and our communities get back on their feet safely by following government guidance; remain two metres from others not in your household; wash hands regularly; avoid joining long queues and try to walk and cycle as much as possible.
“Thank you to everyone for your patience and co-operation so far and my deepest condolences to all those affected by this terrible virus.”
David Williams, Leader of Hertfordshire County Council, said:
“As lockdown measures are eased, it is important that people return to their high streets to ‘shop local’, but that they are able to do so in the safest way for all. We understand that the last couple of months have been difficult for our residents and businesses, and would like to thank them for their patience and cooperation as we put in place the necessary changes to enable a gradual reopening of high streets.
“People’s safety is the highest priority, and we must all keep looking out for each other, be patient and considerate of others by maintaining the two metres’ distancing.”
Linda Haysey, Leader of East Herts Council and Chair of the Community Reassurance Cell of the Local Resilience Forum, said:
“Our shops and local businesses have had to face some particularly challenging circumstances over the last few months but, as our town centres start to open up again, we want to encourage people to return safely and shop local.
“By creating spaces across Hertfordshire’s town centres and high streets that allow for social distancing and make residents, workers and shoppers feel safe, we hope to generate greater footfall for our traders and boost the local economy.”
For more information, about changes to town centres, please go to the county council's website. If you have been affected by the changes and would like to share your feedback, you can do so using this form.
Information about other services changes, including parking arrangements and support for businesses in Hertsmere, is available here.
Posted on Thursday 11th June 2020