Welcome Back

 We are delighted that after weeks of lockdown, we can at last welcome shoppers and visitors back to our city centre. 

With plenty of cafes, bars and restaurants providing outdoor seating and hairdressers and beauty salons open for the first time this year, we are expecting the city centre to be full of life as people return to what they have been missing and to stock up for summer. We will be doing everything we can to welcome shoppers and visitors back safely to enjoy meeting up with friends and family and supporting your businesses. 

There will be some noticeable changes with some big name closures during lockdown, although Debenhams will be open for stock clearance. But there are some new names on the High Street too, including the long awaited opening of craft ale specialist BrewDog which will be opening outdoors only at The Barcode from Monday April 12. Extra outdoor seating will also be provided at Cosy Club and dozens of cafes and restaurants across the city centre. 

We have carried out substantial improvements in the West End, creating a colourful and family friendly public space in Frankfort Gate with new landscaping, lighting and planting, and we welcome a number of new businesses, including Rise Bakery, Frys Farm Shop, Daamn Good Bakes, along with all your favourite stallholders in Plymouth Market. 

Please make sure you continue to follow government guidelines to keep your staff and customers safe. Here are the main recommendations: 

• All businesses should review their COVID safety measures and risk assessments 
• Indoor settings should be visited alone, or with household groups
• Restaurants and pubs can only serve food and alcohol to customers sitting outdoors
• Outside six people, or two households can meet
• Face coverings must be worn in indoor settings 

If you would like to order COVID safety signage for your store, go to: https://bit.ly/3sZjhEc We hope the city centre will be bustling with activity once more and that we can all look forward to a long and enjoyable summer. 

If you run a takeaway business, or outdoor café please keep your outside area as clean and tidy as possible. If city centre bins are full, you can report this to the council here: https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/publicbin 

If you have any news, information or offers, please send to Holly.reynolds@citycentrebid.co.uk and we will share across our social media channels. Good luck. It will be lovely to see you all again.    

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