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Changes to Aylesbury town centre

Traders and businesses are react to advise amid the coronavirus pandemic

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 1:25pm 20th March 2020. 3-minute read.

Changes to Aylesbury town centre

Businesses in Aylesbury town centre are adjusting the way they work during the pandemic. 

Aylesbury Town Centre businesses and traders are looking at ways to support local people and stay open during the coronavirus outbreak. 

Aylesbury Vale District Council's Town Centre Management Team has been looking at creative ways to help and support them.

Diana Fawcett is Town Centre Manager and explained why the measures are being taken: 

"We are facing unprecedented times with the changing faces of town centres, that's been going on for some time. Actually this has really forced that community spirit.

This is time where we should all be pulling together, we should all be looking after each other and we should be helping each other to get through this. The town centre can play a vital part in this."

Aylesbury Market

A fast track service is being introduced by some market and street traders. 

Those which display the "Fast Track" sign will have a priority queue for the elderly and vulnerable so they can reduce the time they spend outdoors. 

Meanwhile, Stay N Play have created a dedicated area for social distancing with seats 1.5 metres apart.

Some businesses are also moving to deliveries, particularly for those having to self isolate at home. 

Hale Leys

Diana added that the council are also doing their part:

"With regards to the market they currently have free rent so they can continue to trade for as long as they wish to do so and there are no penalties if they choose not to trade.

"Its very important these business don't feel isolated and know who to turn to. We've pulled all the information that's coming out of central government to the Bucks Business First website and there's a central page called COVID-19 that has all the grants, loans and business release that are available to businesses."

The Visit Aylesbury Facebook page or Bucks Business First page.

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