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Further businesses set to reopen this weekend as lockdown measures are eased

News release 9733, published on 03 Jul 2020
Visitors to Basingstoke town centre and other areas of the borough are being encouraged to follow safety measures while supporting businesses that are able to reopen this weekend.

On 23 June, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced plans for the next phase of lockdown restrictions being eased to allow further non-essential retail and hospitality premises, such as hairdressers, restaurants and pubs, to reopen from Saturday 4 July.

Following the announcement, officers from Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council have been supporting businesses that are able to reopen from Saturday to ensure they have the appropriate safety measures in place.

Visitors are being encouraged to plan ahead of their visit as individual businesses, particularly bars, pubs and restaurants are likely to have new measures in place such as booking systems.

A number of measures will remain in place in the Top of The Town, Festival Place and The Malls such as walking on the left hand side of walkways, an increased cleaning schedule of public areas, hand sanitising stations and extensive signage reminding shoppers what they need to do to keep safe.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Borough Development and Improvement Cllr Rebecca Bean said: “The latest step in easing of lockdown measures to allow businesses such as hairdressers, pubs and restaurants to reopen is an important step in restarting our local economy and I would encourage residents to support local businesses.

“However it is really important to be considerate of other visitors and follow the measures in place. To avoid disappointment, I would encourage people to plan ahead for their visit as individual businesses, particularly pubs, bars and restaurants, may have other measures in place such as reduced opening times and a requirement to book ahead.”

For more information about the Top of The Town, visit the Basingstoke Together BID website at www.basingstoketogether.co.uk, The Malls at www.themalls.co.uk and Festival Place’s website at www.festivalplace.co.uk

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