SWT welcomes safe return of visitors to its town centres

Step two of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown will commence with the reopening of non-essential retail, personal care premises and hospitality venues from Monday 12th April 2021.

Some restrictions remain in place limiting outdoor gatherings to groups of six or from two households.

SWT’s Economic Development team has been working with town councils, Minehead BID, local business groups and Chambers of Commerce to help businesses keep their customers and staff secure.

The new safety measures are being supported by the Somerset district council’s joint Covid-warden team, who will be on hand in town centres and stocked with spare masks and hand sanitiser.

The Covid-wardens have been working specifically with cafes and restaurants to ensure outside dining is safe, and SWT’s Environmental Health team has written to hospitality and personal care premises to provide the latest COVID-safe guidelines.

On visiting the town centres, shoppers can expect to see the familiar social distancing and directional signage introduced last summer. New additions include lamp post banners, reiterating the Government’s latest 'Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air' advice; and the installation of hand sanitiser stations in the town centres of Minehead and Taunton.

To ensure a welcoming return for shoppers, SWT’s Open Spaces team and cleansing contractor will be keeping the streets clean.

SWT is asking visitors to help keep its high streets clean and attractive by disposing of any litter using the bins provided or by taking it home with them.

Visitors are also encouraged to follow the Government guidance by practicing social distancing, wearing face coverings in enclosed spaces and washing their hands regularly.

Many of the safety measures have been funded by the Council using money from the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund, provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Detailed information covering hospitality venues and pavement licenses, along with downloadable resources are available on the Council's Reopening your business safely webpage.

Any traders or businesses with queries or in need of advice are encouraged to contact the Economic Development team at

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