COVID-19: Shopping Safely
The following guidance outlines what you may experience when you start to visit High Streets and businesses and some of the changes you might need to make to your normal shopping habits.
Stay Alert to Stay Safe
- Keep a safe distance from others
- Stay home as much as possible
- Keep washing your hands regularly
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms or if you have been in contact with a person who has coronavirus.
Information about testing for coronavirus and what to do if you're contacted by the NHS Test and Trace service.
We encourage anyone planning a visit to the High Street to bring and use hand sanitiser.
The Government are advising people to wear face coverings, using scarves or other textile items that you already own.
Please do not create additional litter with used PPE. Remember to throw away any used PPE (gloves and face masks) at home or whilst at work, or a litter bin if you're outside. Do not put used PPE (gloves and face masks) in a recycling bin, they cannot be recycled through conventional recycling facilities.
Which Shops will be open?
Not all businesses can reopen on the 15 June and some businesses may take the decision to remain closed, operate differently during this time or offer reduced hours, please check before travelling that the business you want to visit will be open.
The list of businesses that are able to reopen on the 15th June:
- food retailers
- hardware/homeware stores
- fashion shops
- charity shops
- betting shops and arcades
- tailors, dress fitters and fashion designers
- car dealerships
- antique stores
- retail art galleries
- photography studios
- gift shops and retail spaces in theatres, museums, libraries, heritage sites and tourism sites
- mobile phone stores
- indoor and outdoor markets
- craft fairs
- similar types of retail
Social distancing in shops
- you will clearly see signs to help you and others to remember the current guidelines:
- it may take longer than normal to complete your shopping and you should consider this when arranging transport to and from the town centres
- you may need to queue to get into some shops and shops may ask you not to join a queue if there are already too many people waiting to enter.
- you may need to move around the shops in a one way system, shops should clearly mark how they want you to move around their store
- you may be asked by some shops not to touch items unless you intend to buy that specific item. This is to prevent the spread of the virus.
- you may be encouraged to pay by card and use contactless payment where possible
- you are unlikely to be able to try on clothing in any store
- stores may be offering different refund and exchange policies
- please respect other people as there may be some who may not understand or be able to follow these changes
- the social distancing rule applies in all shops and public spaces
Moving around the High Street
If you are able to cycle or walk into town it will mean fewer vehicles around:
- there will be more room to move around
- it will be safer for visitors
- it will be easier to socially distance
Moving around town will be different to normal, be aware:
- there may be temporary changes to the High Street
- there may be one way systems in place
- if sitting in a public space remember to stay the recommended social distance and be respectful to those already seated
- do not remove barriers or go into taped off areas
Please follow the latest Government guidance about staying safe outside your home.
Parking in towns
All car parks are open and are currently offering free parking.
Anyone wishing to travel by public transport must follow new government rules and wear a face covering or mask at all times.
How to wear and make a cloth face covering
The wearing a face covering in shops and supermarkets in England is compulsory from 24th July.
You are encouraged to make face coverings at home, using scarves or other textile items that you already own.
If you are not ready to return to the High Street we have online directories.
To help support Mendip's market traders during Covid-19 restrictions, some of our regular traders are able to offer an online service:
Details of local businesses located in or near Mendip who are still operating during the pandemic.
COVID-19: Food and General Goods
Information on banking options and paying for your provisions when you are shielded or self-isolating.
COVID-19: Information on Banking and Payment Options