Lord Street in Southport. Photo by Andrew Brown Media

People are being urged to Shop Local to support our town’s businesses and jobs. 

Since mid-June, retailers have been told they can re-open as long as they have measures in place to protect customers and staff.

Cllr Marion Atkinson, Sefton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Skills said:

“Sefton’s shops, high streets and local parades are coming back to life, which is a part of our Borough’s economic and social recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. To maximise the benefits, we are asking local people to support this revival by shopping local wherever possible.

“By making use of the shops and services on their doorstep throughout Sefton, local residents and people who work in the borough can support our recovery.

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“Feedback indicates that, while not all shops have reopened, where they have people are getting used to the new restrictions to ensure social distancing and protect everyone’s safety.

“There are queues but we are all getting used to that and I would appeal to people to be patient with shopkeepers and assistants.”

Cllr Atkinson said: “Sefton Council has now processed over £44 million of grants to local businesses and earlier this month announced its plans to administer the £2.2 million Discretionary Business Grant Fund to support struggling local businesses with fixed property costs.

“Our borough will bounce back from the effects of Coronavirus and we are already working with a wide range of partners to plan the future.”

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