Eastwood and Kimberley town centres ready to spring back to life in next stage of lockdown lift
Mothballed shops, beauty salons and gyms around Eastwood and Kimberley are ready to reopen next week following months of Covid-19 restrictions.
Stage two of the Government’s roadmap for lifting lockdown will start on April 12, meaning that non-essential shops, personal care businesses and pubs can begin trading again.
Milan Radulovic, leader of Broxtowe Borough Council, has welcomed the step towards normality.
He said: “Throughout the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns, we have tried to work with and support local businesses.
"It has been an incredibly difficult time and I welcome the easing of lockdown restrictions and the safe reopening of many businesses.
"The council will continue to work with local shops and businesses, leisure providers, gyms, pubs, bars, restaurants to operate in a safe and professional manner.
" We will continue to monitor infection rates and ask all customers to observe the working arrangements as recommended.
"Lets all support our local shops and businesses – think local, shop local.”
The East Midlands Chamber has also welcomed the imminent re-opening of pubs, restaurants and personal care businesses in Eastwood and Kimberley, saying it marks a ‘positive step’.
However, it has cautioned that the next easing of lockdown restrictions also comes with a warning.
Scott Knowles, chief executive of the East Midlands Chamber, said: “The opportunity to partly reopen will provide a bounce for those firms and allow them to finally begin clawing back some of the lost income they have experienced over the past year.
“But with rules stipulating restaurants and bars can only serve food and alcohol to customers outdoors, we must remember this is only a small step in the right direction. It’s not a substitute for a fully open and functioning economy.
“It’s also crucial that Westminster doesn’t use this as an opportunity to slow down its support to businesses in these sectors as many of these will be running at a loss due to the capacity constraints.
“But while we’re clearly not yet out of the woods, we will finally be able to detect some light at the end of this long, dark tunnel.”