Outdoor seating on Lord Street in Southport

Southport BID is urging people to do what they can to support local businesses as a second lockdown looks set to begin this Thursday (5 November).

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will tell Parliament today that the Government will seek to ease the restrictions on December 2 and return to tiered regional lockdowns.

He will warn that failure to act now would cause deaths over the winter to become “twice as bad or more” compared with the first wave.

Southport BID CEO Rachel Fitzgerald said: “This is devastating news for the town but obviously necessary from a health point of view.

“We urge everyone in Southport to continue to support our local economy.

“One great way of doing this is through buying the new Southport Gift Card as either gifts or Christmas presents for friends and family.

“Southport Gift Cards are accepted by more than 70 local businesses in Southport, and this way money will go into the local economy in the New Year when our businesses will need it most.

“While many businesses in Southport will soon be closing temporarily, there are also many which are classed as ‘essential businesses’ which will remain open.

“Others are already diversifying, with many offering home delivery, click and collect or takeaway services.

“Our shops and other businesses will remain open until the new restrictions come into force on Thursday, so please use them for what you need while you can.

“Christmas shopping season will be in full swing when businesses are allowed to open in December, so I hope people are looking forward to seeing them back open again.

“When our shops, restaurants and bars reopen next month, Southport BID will create a Nutcracker Trail around Southport town centre while the first of our brand new decorative lights along Lord Street will be operational, to help bring some sparkle to the festive season.

“When doing your shopping or your Christmas shopping, please do all you can to support local businesses in Southport at this vital time.”

For more details about Southport Gift Card please visit: https://southportbid.com/southport-gift-card/

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