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King's Lynn, Hunstanton and Downham Market start to return to normal

King's Lynn, Hunstanton and Downham Market start to return to normal

Published by Beth Pridding
9:30am 18th June 2020.

High streets have begun to return to normal as non-essential shops have been open since Monday.

The Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk has been working with its partners Norfolk County Council Highways, Discover King's Lynn (The King's Lynn BID) and the Vancouver Quarter to help support local retailers.

The council has made high streets safer by widening pavements, using barriers, floor stickers and one-way systems.

Hospitality premises, hairdressers, beauty salons, theatres and cinemas remain closed at this time awaiting further guidance from Government. Please check before travelling that the businesses you wish to visit are open.

Cllr Graham Middleton, Borough Council of King's Lynn & West Norfolk Cabinet Member for Business Development, said:

"Retailers are working hard to ensure their premises are Covid Secure so that they can offer customers a safe shopping environment.  They are looking forward to welcoming customers old and new.  It is vital for the local economy that people support our local businesses if they can.

"We are asking people to think ahead before they travel:

- to ensure they avoid the busiest times between 10am and 1pm - take advantage of the extended opening hours that some shops are offering.
- to bring hand sanitiser, tissues and face coverings with them, 
- to prepare to pay with contactless methods if at all possible, this includes using the cashless parking app.

"We also ask that people come prepared to queue, or to walk round the block a second time to avoid queuing across neighbouring stores or blocking the paths or highways, to follow the social distancing guidelines and to listen to instructions from staff in various shops.  We are also asking people to keep left as they walk round the main shopping ares.  Signage and floor stickers will be in place to remind people. 

"We, along with retailers are putting these measures in place to protect us all, so please be patient and respectful as it will take some time for new arrangements to bed in and be monitored and adjusted in line with changes to guidance."

In the Vancouver Quarter, some street furniture has already been temporarily removed and signage will be in place to help people move safely around the area.  The Vancouver Quarter Manager has been working with retailers to ensure that they have what they need in place to open.  

Alistair Cox, Vancouver Quarter Manager, said:

“Our preparations for the reopening are well underway. Shopping safely, providing social distancing guidance and ensuring our centre is Covid-secure is an essential part of the careful but deliberate steps that will help shoppers feel safe and welcome.

"We all are adapting to the new normal and we ask shoppers to appreciate that the measures being put in place are to keep everyone safe .”