More than a week after North Lincolnshire high street shops reopened their doors, traders have thanked shoppers for staying safe and alert, and for supporting local businesses.
Even higher footfall is expected in the next few weeks as pubs and cafes open their doors from 4 July.
Supported by North Lincolnshire Council, businesses have put in a huge amount of work ensuring shopping locally is safe, with funding from central Government going towards street markings, posters and signage.
Sian Sargent, at Brigg Wool Shop, Market Place, said:
“A lot of our customers have been nervous about going shopping again but the extra steps we’ve taken have really helped them to feel more at ease.
“It is great to see all the independent shops in Brigg working together to try to keep everyone safe and happy.”
Dawn Taylor, of E-cig World, Queen Street, added:
“I think it’s great retailers are getting help from the council. We all want to reopen as safely as we can.”
While businesses have welcomed the easing of restrictions, they are urging customers to respect social distancing guidelines and help prevent a second outbreak.
Another high street retailer said:
“Shoppers in general have been very good and very understanding of the situation and seem happy to follow the measures for yours and their safety.”
Retailers who haven’t yet reopened have been busy putting in place all the measured needed to make the town centre a safe and welcoming place to shop.
Chair of Brigg Business Partnership Deb Dunderdale, who also runs the Deli & Diner on Wrawby Street, said:
“Now we have the go ahead to open, we’re looking forward to getting back to work in July.”
Independent bookshop The Rabbit Hole was recently featured on the BBC website discussing the challenges facing local retailers and their determination to overcome them.
Nick Webb, who owns independent bookshop in the Market Place with wife Mel, said:
“It’s been really difficult, and now it’s crossed fingers and let’s hope we can rebuild it. We will just have to see how we go over the next few months. It will be close, but we’re pretty determined.”