‘Shop Local, Stay Safe’ is the message as people hit Hertsmere high streets

Darkes Lane, Potters Bar. Picture: DANNY LOO

Businesses in Potters Bar are among those taking part in Hertsmere's 'Shop Local, Stay Safe' - Credit: Picture: DANNY LOO

Hertsmere residents are being encouraged to ‘Shop Local, Stay Safe’ following the return of indoor hospitality as COVID-19 restrictions to continue to ease. 

Staff and customers are being praised for adhering to safety guidelines as non-essential shops, hairdressers, beauty salons, leisure centres and outdoor seating areas in cafes and pubs have re-opened across the borough. 

Councillor Meenal Sachdev, portfolio holder for community and economic development, said: “It’s been wonderful to see businesses reopening again and I can't thank residents enough for supporting their high streets and doing so, safely.  

“I know this latest set of restrictions lifting will be a relief for so many businesses and residents, but we can't be complacent. The pandemic isn't over yet.  

“Please continue to do all you can to keep yourselves and your community safe. Wear a face covering, wash your hands or use hand sanitiser regularly, maintain social distancing and get tested twice-a-week.  

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“By taking these simple steps, we can, hopefully, continue to make our way out of lockdown and look forward to a more of a normal summer, doing the things we all love, like meeting friends and family and being together.” 

As part of their campaign, Hertsmere Borough Council are also encouraging people to get regular rapid COVID-19 tests to help stop the spread of the virus. 

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A rapid test is available in the following ways:  

  • At a local rapid testing site, where residents can take a supervised test.  There are testing sites across the county, visit www.hertfordshire.gov.uk/rapidtest to book. 

  • Pick up test kits from selected sites – visit the national website for details. 

  • Pick up tests from a number of pharmacies in the county, for an up-to-date list go to the national website. 

  • School children will continue to be given kits through their schools during term-time and the holidays.  

  • Your workplace may offer on-site testing or have kits for you to take home. 

  • If you can’t get a test through any of these routes, you can order them online or by calling 119, and they will be delivered to your home. 

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