Friday, April 23, 2021

Let's continue to have a safe welcome back for our West Lancashire businesses

Let's all continue to stay safe when using our local businesses and indoor leisure facilities.

Shops and other businesses across West Lancashire, such as hairdressers, nail salons and clothing stores, have re-opened their doors to customers again, with hospitality venues also allowed to serve people outdoors. Ormskirk Market has also welcomed back traders who sell non-essential goods.  

Burscough Fitness and Racquets Centre, Nye Bevan Pool and Park Pool are now open for people to swim in lanes, enjoy family swimming sessions and junior lessons in swimming and gymnastics. Steps have been taken to ensure these facilities are COVID-secure and in accordance with government guidelines, there will be no group exercise classes or mixing between households.

Many of us were looking forward to this big step on the government's roadmap out of lockdown, and local businesses will need our support as they will have suffered financially during the pandemic.

Even though we are coming out of lockdown, COVID-19 is still very much with us. It is essential we take every precaution possible as we continue to drive down infection rates or we risk moving back into tighter restrictions. To stop this happening, we need to continue:

  • Wearing a facecovering in shops, supermarkets and on public transport
  • Following the government guidelines on social distancing (two metres is still best)
  • Washing our hands regularly
  • Keeping up with regular testing, whether we have symptoms or not

We can currently meet outdoors either in a group of 6 (from any number of households), or in a group of any size from up to 2 households, but we can't socialise indoors.

Heidi McDougall, West Lancashire Borough Council Corporate Director of Place and Community, said: "Our local businesses are a vital part of our communities and we wish them all the best after the national lockdown.

"We know many people in West Lancashire will be very pleased to see more shops, businesses and leisure centres open. This is an important stage of the government's roadmap and we all need to work together to stick to the rules so we can continue on the path out of lockdown and get back to doing the things we enjoy.

"We want everyone to stay safe when visiting shops and we know many have gone to great lengths to make their premises COVID-secure for visitors, while Ormskirk Market is an open air environment where we can stay safe. So we can shop safe by shopping locally, and by doing this we will also be supporting the local economy which has been hit hard during the continuing pandemic."

Heidi added: "Many of us will also be looking forward to going swimming again and getting back to the gym as exercise is so important for our physical and mental health. So let's make sure we all stick to the rules and stay safe. Unlocking each step on the roadmap depends on it."