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Preparations underway to make Melton town centre safe for visitors.

Published Monday, 1st June 2020

Preparations are underway in Melton town centre to safely welcome back visitors as some of the retail outlets start to open up following the initial relaxation in restrictions.

Melton Borough Council is working closely with the BID and Town Estate to help make the town centre safe as the lockdown restrictions start to ease over the next few weeks.  Visitors are being reminded to observe social distancing at all times for the safety of themselves and others.

Floor graphics and tape is being used on the pavements along with signage and barriers to help visitors and businesses adhere to social distancing guidance, particularly around queueing.

Cllr Joe Orson, Leader of the Council said

“It is important that we follow the Government advice and ‘stay alert’ to control the virus, however they have also made it clear that some of our retail outlets, including the market, can start to open up as long as measures are in place to protect the public.  We are doing all we can in collaboration with partners and businesses to make sure the town centre is as safe as it can be to allow some safe local shopping again.

We can offer advice and guidance on how businesses can protect their customers and employees inside and outside their premises.

We have made assessments on what we think will work best in the town but will keep these under review and may refine the arrangements as required over the next few weeks.  We are committed to supporting our businesses while ensuring the safety of people visiting the town centre.”

The town centre market is planning to open with a limited number of stalls on Tuesday 2 June and Saturday 7 June.  The stalls will be spaced apart to give traders and shoppers plenty of room for social distancing.  The public toilets on Wilton road and at St Marys Way will open on market days with an enhanced cleaning regime in place.                                

ENDS 

Officers from MBC, BID and Tow Estate measuring 2 metres outside shops in the Market Place

From left to right: Regulatory Services Manager - Victoria Clark, Melton BID Manager - Shelagh Core, Town Estate - Andrew Cooper