Aylesbury MP urges people to shop locally and shop safely

Aylesbury MP, Rob Butler, has welcomed the reopening of local stores this week, calling it a “big step in the right direction which will help to revitalise our local economy”.

The changes to government regulations this week have meant that many more local businesses have been able to reopen with Covid-19 Secure measures in place. In Aylesbury, many stores opened their doors to customers again on Monday, both large chains and small family firms.

Rob said:
“I’m delighted that so many more local retailers have been able to reopen this week, thanks to the hard work of business owners, employees and the local authority.

“Local people have been brilliant at supporting the businesses that have been operating throughout the crisis. As non-essential retail shops start to get back on their feet, I’d urge everyone who is able, to support them too.”

In order to continue to control the virus, Rob is encouraging local shoppers to follow the British Retail Consortium’s five steps to shopping safely:
1. Queue considerately
2. Maintain social distancing
3. Follow instructions inside and outside shops
4. Follow all necessary hygiene measures
5. Be respectful to shop workers

Rob continued:
“Whether you are going into Aylesbury town centre to shop, or to local village stores, it is important to stay alert to your surroundings and follow all the necessary guidelines. We all have a part to play in keeping retail staff and our fellow customers safe, and following the British Retail Consortium’s five steps to shopping safely is a good way to do this. I know that small shops in particular appreciate it if customers are able to wear a face covering.

“I would also encourage everyone planning a shopping trip to think about their journey too. Whilst the advice is clear that people should continue to avoid taking public transport where possible, if you need to, it is important to remember that you must wear a face covering from this week. On-street parking restrictions have also been reinstated across Buckinghamshire, so be sure to check where you are planning to park.

“This is an exciting week for many of us, and I am grateful for everyone’s patience and hard work which has enabled us to take these steps to start our economic recovery.”