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Aylesbury town centre starts to reopen

Non-essential shops were allowed to reopen following government approval

Published by Scarlett Bawden-Gaul at 5:47am 19th June 2020. (Updated at 8:11am 19th June 2020) 3-minute read.

Aylesbury town centre starts to reopen

Aylesbury's town centre is getting back to a 'new normal' as shops reopen. 

Monday saw several non-essential retail shops in Aylesbury reopen for the first time in months after the coronavirus lockdown was announced.

However, these shops need to ensure measures are put in place to prevent the spread of COVID-19. 

Not all shops opened again on Monday though, with many that did reducing their opening hours.

Social Distancing sticker

Diana Fawcett, Aylesbruy Town Centre Manager, explains what shops that are reopening have done:

"Shops are required, under the guidance they can reopen, to display a certification to say they've followed all the government guidelines. So things like sanitation stations, keeping people socially distanced with the primary concern that coronavirus isn't spread.

"We're working with the business as they reopen to check they have outside queuing equipment or if they need any stickers etc. 

"This is non-essential retail shops and not all shops. Not every shop reopened on Monday and we are expecting a reopening of shops over the next week or two.

"And then following the next government announcement on July 4th we are hoping to see a reopening of the rest of businesses in line with government advice."

Social Distancing sticker 2

Diana and her team have used a two step approach, one being the stores which is detailed above and the other is external measures. 

She explained:

"So this is all about outside spaces, where people pass before they get into the stores. We've got markers to remind people  to keep a safe distance, there's been extra cleansing done in the town and those areas we think are too narrow to observe social distancing have signs. 

"One thing we have noticed is when people are in the queue people tend to move about a bit, whether they're talking to family they seem to shift. So in the Town we have put our stickers slightly further apart to give people that freedom."

Shoppers are being asked to read signs and stickers about social distancing and observe the rules of different shops. 

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