The Northwich Business Improvement District (BID) has reiterated the importance of people continuing to adhere to Coronavirus health and safety guidance.

It follows the introduction of additional legislation by the government at the end of September which includes the need for people to wear masks when entering and moving around bars, cafes and restaurants, and groups no larger than six meeting in hospitality settings.

Businesses are also now required to display a QR code on their premises that visitors can scan as part of the new NHS COVID-19 app.

Business Improvement Districts Programme Manager Jane Hough has praised the efforts of businesses and shoppers in Northwich throughout the pandemic so far but believes it is now more important than ever to follow the rules in place to stop the spread of the virus.

“Here in Northwich we’ve seen first-hand the incredible commitment by businesses, workers, visitors and residents to play their part where COVID-19 is concerned and we’re urging everyone to keep going and not let their guards down.

“Case numbers have been rising in many parts of the North West and it would have a negative impact on the town if further restrictions had to be imposed on businesses and the movement of people in and out of the area.

“Northwich has really battled back since the summer and we’ve seen more than 10 new businesses open their doors here in the last couple of months. It would be great if that momentum can continue, especially with the Christmas period just around the corner which is traditionally the busiest time of year for our shops, traders and hospitality venues.”

Jane then went on to underline the importance of shopping local and supporting local businesses at a time when some people are doing more of their shopping online.

“The impact of COVID-19 on high street businesses up and down the country is immeasurable but shopping local can really make the difference and help to protect jobs.

“We know some people are still wary about venturing out to town centres but there are still ways that you can support local businesses.

“Many offer a delivery service for example after diversifying their offering as a result of COVID-19 and items like gift vouchers for shops and bars make great presents.

“Our Northwich businesses are so friendly and always willing to go the extra mile, as we saw through our Northwich Together campaign, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with them if there is something you’d like to try and arrange.”

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