Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister, has made an announcement that non-essential retail businesses can open from the 15th June 2020.
With this in mind planning is underway at Rutland County Council supporting this announcement.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government has notified the council that it will receive £35,627 of funding. This is to support the re-opening of the high street shops while making sure they are safe for residents and tourists to visit.
Guidance has also been provided to the Council to support preparations and implement social distancing measures on the high streets, in shops and workplaces.
Rutland County Council is now reviewing the guidance and communicating with Oakham and Uppingham Town Councils to develop plans and identify what funding is required.
Leader of Rutland County Council Said “We are delighted that we are going to be able to reopen our high streets in the coming weeks. The pandemic has had a significant impact on our retailers, and it is imperative that they have the opportunity re-establish themselves safely. But we must do this safely and in such a way as to ensure both retailers, their customers, pedestrians and road users stay safe.” “The government funding will certainly enable us to start to reinvigorate our high streets and help support our towns in implementing the measures needed that protect traders and visitors accordingly.”