Residents and businesses in Cheshire are responding to the council’s call for caution following a relaxation of COVID restrictions last week and the move to step 4 today, 19 July.
Businesses in Chester have once again shown solidarity by releasing statements on social media informing customers they intend to remain cautious, despite the relaxation of restrictions as of today.
In England, while the requirement to wear masks in shops and enclosed business spaces is no longer legally required as of today, official guidance states that people are still “expected” to wear masks in crowded places.
SHORT + STOUT, an Independent popular café serving speciality coffees, loose-leaf teas, homemade food and cakes in Hoole, Chester, Cheshire, posted a statement on social media pointing out seating arrangements and social etiquette for their customers.
Additionally, My Funny Valentine Bridal boutique in the heart of Chester, which operates only by appointment, posted a notice on their social media account regarding their decision to remain alert in solidarity with Chester businesses.
Businesses have been waiting so long for restrictions to be eased by the government. Many have temporarily closed in response to the rise in COVID infections, many businesses feel now is not the right time to lose guard or become complacent.
Several business owners worry that without standardized guidelines across the country for staff to work within, the rules will be completely out of sync, which may result in confusion for the public.
For the latest information and advice on the move to Step 4, testing, vaccinations and self-isolation support, go to the council’s Covid-19 webpage.