Following the Government’s announcement that non-essential shops can begin reopening from Monday 15 June 2020, Huntingdonshire District Council has been preparing new plans and measures to enable people to visit the town centres safely – and will use a £157,000 Government grant to kick-start the work on getting our local economy moving again whilst implementing social distancing measures.

The district council has been working closely with; local businesses, town councils, Federation of Small Businesses, Chamber of Commerce as well as engaging with Cambridgeshire County Council Highways to prepare for a ‘new normal’ look in Huntingdon, St Ives, St Neots and Ramsey town centres.

Priority areas will be places with narrow footpaths and busy pedestrian areas, with over 100 new signs and environmentally friendly floor markers which will act as visible safety measures to visitors. Enhanced cleaning measures are also to be undertaken by the Street Cleansing Team.

Executive Leader of Huntingdonshire District Council, Councillor Ryan Fuller said “Supporting local businesses in whatever way we can as a local authority remains a key priority – with action plans for each of our markets towns being drawn up for the public to be able to see exactly what the district council is implementing, so they can feel confident that town centres are safe to visit again.

As the high street begins to slowly reopen, it is more important than ever for communities to shop local. By choosing to spend your money in a small business you are helping to support and protect our local economy.”

Businesses and employers can access the latest information and guidance on how to safely reopen by visiting the council’s dedicated COVID-19 website.