East Devon gets £130,000 from £50million government fund to help reopen high streets safely

High streets in East Devon will receive £130,000 from a £50million government fund aimed at helping businesses reopen safely as the coronavirus lockdown eases. 

The Whitehall cash is being dished out to aid councils in introducing measures to get people back to work and customers back into shops.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced this week that all non-essential retailers in England will be able to reopen from June 15.

However, the move is ‘contingent on progress in the fight against coronavirus’.

Businesses will have to adhere to new guidelines to protect shoppers and workers, added the PM.

Money from the Government’s Reopening High Streets Safely Fund will support practical measures so businesses can ‘reopen quickly when they are allowed to’.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has been awarded £130,992 from the scheme.

Councillor Andrew Moulding, the authority’s lead member for rural economy and leader of its Conservative Group, said: “This funding will help put measures in to place to enable our local shops, which have been invaluable throughout the Covd-19 crisis, to open up fully and safely again.

“I will be lobbying the chief executive of EDDC to make sure the money is used fairly and equally across East Devon to most effect.”

High Streets Minister Simon Clarke said: “As we begin to slowly return to normality, the reopening our high streets will be key to kick-starting our economic recovery.

“Many businesses have already introduced creative ways of trading such as contactless collection or taking orders by instant messaging and shows that they are ready for the challenges ahead.

“That’s why we are providing an extra £50million for councils to support a range of safety measures that will help get these businesses back on track and ensure that people can enjoy their time visiting their local high street safely again.”

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