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Shop local and safely as festive period approaches

Published: Thursday, 25 November, 2021

As the Christmas shopping season gathers pace, we’re backing our local shops and traders by encouraging shoppers to think local first.

The district’s towns and villages have a wealth of traders who live and work in their communities, and support the local economy.

This is a key trading time for them, and they are stepping up with extra measures to help protect communities from Coronavirus.

“We’re fortunate in the Stroud district to have such a wide variety of independent shops selling unusual, quirky, and unique goods – with great customer service too,” said Stroud District Council Leader, Doina Cornell.

“Our officers have been working with traders to ensure that the high street businesses are Covid-safe, which should offer reassurance to shoppers too.”

To help promote the campaign, the council commissioned a film with funding from the Government’s Welcome Back Fund and worked with its elected members to help identify businesses to feature in it.

Government advice to shops includes increasing ventilation, and clean more often, and to shoppers to wear face coverings, sanitise hands regularly and to take an LFD test before leaving home and mixing with people in crowded indoor areas where there is a higher risk of infection.

To help businesses plan for the winter, Stroud District Council has been running a series of half-day seminars throughout the district during November and December. The final seminar takes place on Monday, December 13th:

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