This week marks the week that many of our high street and independent shops start to open their doors back up again. And although it’s great news – there’s a lot to consider. It’s anything but ‘back to normal’.
Thankfully, the Dorset Council business pages have been providing great updates to help businesses prepare to open their doors back up again, and there are nuggets of information in there that we as consumers need to take into account too.
We had sad news this week from one of our own businesses in the town that have only just opened their doors back up again. Unfortunately, as happy as most of us were that they were back up and trading again, they had a few (not just one) case where customers were being less than respectful of the new operating processes, and even worse, being disrespectful to the folk who were working in the business. Understandably, we are all desperate for some sort of normal again, and are excited by the prospect of being able to be out and about again – but the fact remains that we are anything but out of the woods yet. There are still strict guidelines surrounding social distancing and practicalities that, as businesses and consumers, we all need to adhere to. So, as our own stores start to open back up, be considerate of the new processes and guidelines. They’re trying to make things as efficient as possible for themselves, as well as for you. So, give yourself an extra 10 minutes, be patient and take your time. We’re all trying to figures this out.
Supporting your High Street
It has never been more important to support your local business – especially as many now open their doors back up again, having missed out on almost 3 months of trading (and many of which being prime weather-conditions), trying to make up for it and plan for the quieter months in the later part of the year that lie ahead. We are so incredibly thankful that many of our Beaminster businesses are opening their doors back up again – many communities have lost a huge part of their high street simply because they couldn’t make it through. So, let’s show our appreciation of them and support them.
What the Dorset Council says
“As the Coronavirus emergency restrictions gradually lift, businesses in Dorset will be facing new challenges and opportunities as to how they operate. We are keen to make that process of re-opening as easy as possible for local businesses, by providing key guidance and supportive advice.
We will be updating these pages with new information about which businesses can open and how they can do so safely. This will highlight significant changes to the national legislation and supporting guidance, but also provide the latest local news on licensing changes and street trading arrangements designed to promote local businesses.”
To read the full article, and for further updates, visit this page.