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Shops, businesses and town centres are building a stronger, healthier Knowsley

by Nicola Appleton

Partners across Knowsley have come together to work with residents, businesses and local communities to help build a stronger, healthier Knowsley and ensure that the borough’s town centres and amenities are safe to once again visit and enjoy.

Across the borough, businesses have taken steps to gradually start to reopen, ensuring safety measures are in place for both their staff and visitors. This includes floor markers and signage to ensure social distancing is adhered to, screens around counters in a number of shops, operating one-way systems where appropriate such as in Kirkby Market, installation of hand sanitiser machines where appropriate (such as in the Volair leisure centres) and limiting the number of shoppers in premises at any time.

Everyone has a part to play in stopping the spread of the virus and ensuring the borough’s shops, businesses and amenities can once again be enjoyed and remain open for business. In order to do this, a few simple steps should now be embedded into our everyday lives. This includes maintaining social distancing, regularly washing your hands, wearing a face covering where advised (such as in shops and on public transport) and carrying a tissue to catch coughs and sneezes.

A number of shops and businesses have now been open for some weeks including clothes shops, jewellers, hairdressers, barbers, banks, solicitors, accountants, pubs and restaurants. All five Volair leisure centres opened their doors from 25 July and members can pre-book their session in advance to ensure visitor numbers can maintain social distancing requirements.

Also starting this week, a number of the borough’s restaurants have signed up to the ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ campaign meaning you can enjoy a meal (eat in) at a number of establishments in the borough and benefit from up to 50% off your bill Monday to Wednesday throughout August (to a maximum discount of £10 per person). Participating businesses include:-

Prescot – Poco Bar & Coffee, Pinion Bistro Ltd (Wednesday’s only), The Oven Pizzeria & Bar (Wednesday’s only), Ho’s and Bejing Chinese, McDonalds and Subway 

Huyton – Coffee House, Eton Place, El Pueblo, Subway, Costa Coffee and McDonalds

Kirkby – The Café (Pound Bakery), Costa Coffee, McDonalds

Cllr Graham Morgan, Leader of Knowsley Council and Chair of the Knowsley Better Together Board, said: “Although coronavirus remains a global issue, the reopening of businesses, town centres and local amenities is positive news for our residents, businesses and visitors. It’s fantastic to see our local business working hard to follow strict guidelines to ensure they are Covid secure. And we have to play our part too. So that we can continue to see a return to normality, we all need to embed a few simple steps in our daily routine which then enables us to enjoy everything the borough has to offer. And crucially, our local businesses need your support to survive these economically challenging times, so staying local has never been as important as it is now. We can all play our part and help to build a stronger, healthier Knowsley.”

Dawn Burns from Goldencraft in Huyton Village Centre, added: “We have taken steps to ensure our business can reopen safely and it’s great to once again open our doors. Feedback we have received from visitors has been very positive around being able to visit us again. It’s good to get back into some sort of normality. We hope to see you soon.”

Partners working with residents and businesses to build a stronger, healthier Knowsley include Knowsley Council, Livv Housing, One Knowsley, Knowsley Community College, Knowsley Clinical Commissioning Group, Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, Merseytravel, Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service and Merseyside Police.