RESIDENTS are being urged to ‘invest in their town and support local businesses’ as the first stage of lockdown easing begins.
Southport BID’s chief executive Rachel Fitzgerald told the Champion: “Everyone in Southport is excited to see so many of our businesses reopening after being closed for so many months.
“These have been a very challenging few months for our local business owners and they will need huge support from local people now they are finally able to welcome back customers.
“People need to really invest in their town and to shop local, eat local and spend local wherever and whenever they can. We need a spirit of unity and collective ownership in Southport.
“Traders I have spoken to have also told me about the extensive measures they have been putting in place to ensure that their premises and the systems they have are Covid secure, to give customers the confidence they need to return.
“It is fantastic to see life return to Southport. Please give our local businesses every support you can, our town is only as good as we all make it.”
New legislation allows shops to open until 10pm if they wish while restaurants, cafes and bars are now allowed to open outside, without the need for substantial meals and without a curfew.
Southport BID is inviting people and local businesses to sign up to their Southport Gift Card.
It was launched last year as a way of giving a boost to our local economy while encouraging people to ‘spend local.’ More than 80 Southport town centre retailers, restaurants, cafes, bars and leisure venues have signed up to accept the card, with more added each week.