UK High Streets

Restricting numbers of customers in shop 'working well'

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

Joanne Hinton, Laffkids, St Ives

Non-essential shops have been allowed to open since 15 June but some shop owners in St Ives have noticed an increase in the number of people in town since Saturday’s easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

Joanne Hinton, from Laffkids clothing shop, said they were only allowing four people in at a time and she thought they would continue with that for the rest of the year.

“It seems to be working well,” she said. “This weekend we have noticed more people and over the next few weeks I think it is going to gradually get busier.”

Joanne said she was still concerned about the virus and hoped everyone would behave themselves, be sensible and keep everyone safe.

Laffkids, St Ives

Reduced takings for businesses 'a worry'

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

One business owner in St Ives who opened for the first time on Monday said he had seen about 10% of his normal takings, which was "a worry".

David Hosking, from the Beachcomber Cafe, said they had decided not to open on Saturday because the weather was not good.

He said opening was very “strange” but customers seemed to know what to expect and were friendly.

“There are not as many people here as people hoped for,” he said. “This [outside the cafe] would normally be very busy.

“One thing we have all noticed is there are more young people here than there normally would be. The older generation are not here in as many numbers.”

David Hosking

New signs and banners in St Ives to help social distancing

Johanna Carr

BBC News Online

Fore Street, St Ives

New signage has appeared in St Ives in Cornwall urging people to keep left as they stroll along the town’s narrow streets.

Fore Street has signs on the ground and banners displayed across the road.

Arrows and reminders have also been spray painted on Wharf Road, although some business owners reported seeing people struggling to remember the directions.

On Fore Street, a handful of shops and businesses remain closed but the majority have reopened.

St Ives "keep left" sign

Pubs and hotels 'need more financial help'

BBC Radio Cornwall

Many of Cornwall and Devon's pubs opened up over the weekend as Covid-19 lockdown restrictions were eased in England - but with reduced capacity and customers confined to tables, rather than standing at the bar.

But despite the fact that money was now coming in, the director of pubs for Cornwall's St Austell Brewery, Steve Worrall, said Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak needed to consider more financial help for pubs and hotels.

We're just asking that he does think about hospitality across the UK. Although some people did very well [at the weekend], ultimately the amount of trade was significantly down on last year, and we are looking for the chancellor to help us through into the long-term as we build back this great industry."

Steve WorrallSt Austell Brewery
Drinkers at bar

Calls to scrap Mid Devon car parking charges

BBC Radio Devon

A Devon council has been urged to scrap parking charges in its car parks to help boost trade on the high street.

Mid Devon Counillor Bob Evans said more needed to be done to help traders recover from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Mike Hollins, who runs Home & Gifts in Tiverton, said the town had been "quite busy" since shops were allowed to reopen, "but it would always help to be busier" and such a move would be a "really, really good thing" and bring more customers through the door.

Mid Devon Council declined to comment.

Police's 1,000 incidents 'typical of normal July Saturday'

Andrew Segal

BBC South West

Devon and Cornwall Police described the first Saturday night after lockdown as "typical" of a normal July weekend, as customers were allowed out for a drink for the first time in three months with the easing of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in England.

Although officers tweeted that they dealt with more than 1,000 incidents, it was classed as par for the course on a "normal" Saturday in July, they told the BBC.

Extra officers were on duty, but fears of drunken revellers getting out of control did not materialise.

In Cornwall, Newquay had an extra five officers on shift that night, numbers similar to those they would normally have on New Year's Eve.

Restaurants and bars had also worked with police to minimise the likelihood of trouble.

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