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Support for High Street Businesses Reopening on 15 June

Published on Monday, 8th June 2020

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Maldon District Council is keen to help high street businesses across the District ensure that they are able to safely welcome customers back to their premises, following the updated guidance that all non-essential retail businesses are permitted to open from June 15.

The Council is sending businesses a webinar produced by our Environmental Health team, which offers useful information and advice about reopening in a safe and sustainable way.

The safe reopening of shops in the District is a priority. Ideas to ensure a safer experience for visitors to Maldon in the medium term, have been discussed with representatives of High Street businesses and Town and Parish Councillors.  A team of volunteers will be collating data on footfall at key High Street access points to ensure that reopening of local economies can be managed successfully and safely.

The reopening of the High Streets is being supported with funding from the European Regional Development Fund.European Regional Development Fund

Options are currently being explored with Essex County Council as the Highway authority, as ensuring the safety of visitors, and help businesses reopen safely whilst maintaining social distancing, is our top priority.

We will shortly be adding signage to pavements throughout the Town and other parts of the District to ensure that social distancing can be maintained, and businesses will be looking at safe access to their premises.

Cllr Adrian Fluker, Leader of Maldon District Council, said; “COVID-19 has impacted everyone and has been particularly challenging for businesses who have had to cease trading during lockdown. 

“We are pleased to be working with the support of high street businesses to enable them to reopen safely in line with the latest Government guidance and welcome customers back to their premises from 15 June. 

However, the safe reopening of our high streets relies on the help from visitors who should follow the guidance set out in each shop and follow the social distancing signage in the high streets”.

Notes to Editor

European Regional Development Fund

The project is receiving up to) £57,609 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.  The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.  For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding