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'Shop local, shop safely': Gateshead Council urges residents to support local businesses in a safe way

Shopping local in Gateshead

'Shop local, shop safely'- that's the message from Gateshead Council who want to encourage residents to support local businesses in a safe way now that shops have reopened across the borough.  

Temporary measures have been put in place to provide more space for pedestrians and make sure safe social distancing is possible across Gateshead. This has included closing roads off to traffic and removing parking allocations. Gateshead Council want residents to be able to move around their towns in a way that meets guidance from Central Government. 

Have your say on the changes we're making

Cllr Catherine Donovan, Deputy Leader of Gateshead Council said: "As lockdown measures are eased, it is important that people '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 we would like to thank them for their patience and cooperation as we put in place the necessary changes to enable a gradual reopening of Gateshead." 

"Our shops and local businesses have had to face some particularly challenging circumstances over the last few months but, we want to encourage people to return safely and shop local.  

"Independent retailers give our borough diversity. They make them unique and give us something to love that can only be found in Gateshead. They set our community apart from the other towns and high streets in the North East.  

"By creating spaces 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." 

How you can support local shops and shop safely

To support Gateshead businesses and show residents the many amazing independents that are open for business, the council is running a 'business hour' across Twitter. The hour will run from 4pm-5pm Monday to Friday. Businesses can get involved by using the hashtag #GatesheadIsOpen

 

Shopping local in Gateshead
21 July 2020

'Shop local, shop safely'- that's the message from Gateshead Council who want to encourage residents to support local businesses in a safe way now that shops have reopened across the borough.  

Temporary measures have been put in place to provide more space for pedestrians and make sure safe social distancing is possible across Gateshead. This has included closing roads off to traffic and removing parking allocations. Gateshead Council want residents to be able to move around their towns in a way that meets guidance from Central Government. 

Have your say on the changes we're making

Cllr Catherine Donovan, Deputy Leader of Gateshead Council said: "As lockdown measures are eased, it is important that people '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 we would like to thank them for their patience and cooperation as we put in place the necessary changes to enable a gradual reopening of Gateshead." 

"Our shops and local businesses have had to face some particularly challenging circumstances over the last few months but, we want to encourage people to return safely and shop local.  

"Independent retailers give our borough diversity. They make them unique and give us something to love that can only be found in Gateshead. They set our community apart from the other towns and high streets in the North East.  

"By creating spaces 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." 

How you can support local shops and shop safely

To support Gateshead businesses and show residents the many amazing independents that are open for business, the council is running a 'business hour' across Twitter. The hour will run from 4pm-5pm Monday to Friday. Businesses can get involved by using the hashtag #GatesheadIsOpen

 

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