Southport BID is urging people to support local businesses during the latest national lockdown.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a range of tough new restrictions on Monday in a bid to reverse the recent rise in Covid-19 cases. They are expected to last until February half term at least.
Southport BID CEO Rachel Fitzgerald is advising people that many businesses in Southport still remain open, with others changing how they operate over the next few weeks.
She said: “Everyone is united in our desire to do all we can to reduce the number of Covid-19 cases while the vaccination programme is rolled out.
“We are facing a very tough few weeks ahead but we hope to be able to emerge strongly in a few weeks’ time.
“In the meantime, there are many local businesses in Southport which remain open with a wide range of Covid safe measures in place. These include essential retailers, such as food shops, supermarkets, garden centres, pharmacies and others.
“Other businesses such as restaurants, cafes, bars and non-essential retail cannot allow customers into their premises over the next few weeks but can offer services such as click-and-collect, takeaway or home delivery.
“Supporting our local businesses in Southport this year is vital and I would encourage everyone to use them as much as you can.”
Chancellor Rishi Sunak has announced one-off, top-up grants for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses worth up to £9,000 per property to help businesses through to the Spring.
A £594 million discretionary fund also aims to support other impacted businesses.
Rachel Fitzgerald said: “I would urge local business owners to apply for any financial support as soon as it becomes available.
“As more details emerge we will share these through our Southport BID social media channels.”