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Don’t forget to wear a face covering when shopping local

News release 9754, published on 23 Jul 2020
Shoppers across the borough are being reminded to wear face coverings from Friday (24 July) when supporting businesses that have reopened.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has been helping retailers to safely reopen by ensuring they have the appropriate measures in place, as well as working with Basingstoke Together BID, Festival Place and The Malls to ensure the town centre is a safe and pleasant experience for shoppers.

A number of measures have been put in place including walking on the left hand side of walkways, an increased cleaning schedule of public areas, hand sanitising units and extensive signage reminding shoppers what they need to do.

On 14 July, the government announced that face coverings would be compulsory in all shops and supermarkets, in line with public transport, from this Friday (24 July).

This new measure will help to reduce the spread of COVID-19 from droplets from coughs and sneezes when visiting smaller areas where social distancing may be more difficult, alongside other measures such as regularly washing your hands.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Borough Development and Improvement Cllr Rebecca Bean said: “Now more than ever, it is so important to support our local businesses that we all know and love to ensure they are here for years to come.

“I would like to reassure visitors that our shopping areas are ready to welcome you back. Please continue to follow the measures that we have put in place and be considerate of other visitors.

“This includes keeping a safe distance from others, washing your hands regularly and wearing a face covering from Friday to protect you and other shoppers.”

For more information on the government’s guidance on face coverings, please visit


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