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Bury St Edmunds business leader encourages shoppers to support traders online in wake of 'difficult and challenging' lockdown




A Bury St Edmunds business leader has encouraged shoppers to support traders online as they brace for a 'difficult and challenging' time during the new lockdown.

'Non-essential' retailers will remain shut during the lockdown and the Government guidance says they can 'continue to operate click-and-collect - where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises - and delivery services'.

Meanwhile, closed cafés, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs can provide takeaway, click-and-collect and drive-through and 'all food and drink including alcohol can continue to be provided by delivery'.

Mark Cordell, chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds
Mark Cordell, chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds

Mark Cordell, chief executive of Our Bury St Edmunds business improvement district, said it would be 'very difficult and challenging for businesses' but 'recognised the necessity to get on top of the outbreak and also enable vaccinations'.

"We're hopeful this will enable us to return to some form of normality post Easter," he said.

"In the interim, we would encourage people to support their local businesses wherever possible and, for those that are closed, many will still be trading online."

Abbeygate Street, in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Richard Marsham
Abbeygate Street, in Bury St Edmunds. Picture by Richard Marsham

He added that Bury is in a position to 'come out of the situation in a very positive manner' including with the planned Abbey 1,000 celebrations.

"For the next eight to 12 weeks it's going to be very difficult but the health, safety and welfare of our businesses, staff and customers is imperative and we would encourage everyone to comply with the latest regulations."

Today, the Government announced about 600,000 retail, hospitality and leisure sites will be able to claim a one-off grant of up to £9,000.

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