Shoppers urged to stay safe as retail reopens

As Trafford’s high streets and shopping centres reopen following the latest national lockdown, the Council is reminding residents not to lower their guard against coronavirus and to continue to follow safety guidelines as they shop in the borough.

From today, Wednesday 2 December, shops classed as ‘non-essential’ retail will open again, and while this is good news for the borough’s businesses, requirements relating to social distancing, sanitising hands and wearing face coverings will remain as important as ever to control the spread of Covid-19.

With less than four weeks to go until Christmas, shops and retail centres are expected to be busy, making social distancing a particular challenge, and shoppers are advised to make full use of new extended shopping hours to help to spread visits throughout the day and evening to reduce queues and congestion.

Cllr James Wright, Trafford Council’s Executive Member for Housing and Regeneration said:

“We welcome the reopening of non-essential shops, particularly given that the lead-up to Christmas is so crucial for many, but it is everybody’s responsibility to continue to follow the guidelines and to shop in a safe, socially-distanced manner. For the first time since the summer, coronavirus infection rates are on a clear downward trend in Trafford, and for everybody’s sake we want to keep it that way.

Businesses should be aware that the Council’s Environmental Health team is on hand to provide advice and guidance on how to keep trading environments as Covid-secure as possible, and can be contacted on”

Posted on Wednesday 2nd December 2020