Harper Encourages Safe Shopping as More High Street Shops Re-open

Emma Harper, South Scotland MSP is encouraging shoppers to shop safely and support local shopping as more retail businesses across Dumfries & Galloway opened today (Monday June 29th).


Under the move to Phase Two of the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown, street-access retail can now re-open once guidance is implemented.

Today also marks the easing of restrictions on housing moves, outdoor markets, the construction sector, factories, warehouses and labs and research facilities.

Retail is an essential part of Scotland’s communities and is one of the country’s largest employers.

The re-opening is underpinned by a new Scottish Government campaign to ensure shopping is safe.

The national campaign, which includes posters for retailers, encourages the public to enjoy shopping again as they safely support businesses in their local area.

It asks shoppers to pay attention to signs, guidance and instructions from shop staff, to shop outside of peak hours and to follow current health guidance. This includes the wearing of face coverings.


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Ms Harper, said:

“Thanks to the progress made in tackling COVID-19, due to the compliance with the lockdown rules of people living across Dumfries & Galloway, means we are now in a position to ease some restrictions.

“Shops with street access in high streets across our region have re-opened today in a significant step towards the recovery of our economy, which has been very severely hit by coronavirus.

“High street retailers have shown huge resilience since the start of lockdown and the work they have done to safely prepare for re-opening, with close engagement between industry and trade unions, has been very welcome.

“As the high street and more of our local shops re-open we are making it clear shoppers are welcome back to their local high street as long as they shop safely and observe key safety messages such as the wearing of face coverings, and also for everyone to be patient and kind as we start to open up our shops and our D&G economy.”