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Shop Safe. Shop Local. Shop Knowsley

by Jonathan Kearney

Wednesday 2 December marked the end of the second national lockdown and re-opening of the majority of businesses across Knowsley’s town centres.

This includes businesses such as pubs and restaurants that were forced to close as the Liverpool City Region entered Tier 3 of coronavirus restrictions.

With Knowsley and the wider city region now operating within less severe Tier 2 restrictions shoppers and customers will have more choice in the borough’s town centres in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

The re-opening of restaurants and pubs that serve substantial meals will re-invigorate the borough’s evening economy, while the re-opening of non-essential retailers and personal care  businesses such as barbers, hairdressers and beauty salons will be a welcome site for town centre visitors.

Shop Safe. Shop Local

We are launching a new campaign: “Shop Safe. Shop Local. Shop Knowsley” to encourage people to shop safely and support our local businesses, many of which have struggled as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Businesses have introduced a range of measures, such as one way systems, limited numbers in shops and screens around till areas, to ensure they are Covid-secure for the safety of all visitors and staff.

Cllr Tony Brennan, Knowsley Council Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “Knowsley’s town centres offer a great choice, with something to suit all tastes. From market stalls to high street retailers you’ll be able to find the perfect gift for loved ones. We want to see people back in our town centres and adhering to the coronavirus regulations in place. Each town is well served by public transport and we continue to offer free parking. We have worked with businesses across the borough to ensure our town centres are safe to visit and enjoy with the necessary COVID-safe measures in place.

“Use hand sanitiser where available, wear a face covering in and around shops and keep a safe distance from others. If we shop responsibly we can help keep infection rates down, support jobs and help ensure our local town centres and businesses have a great Christmas.”