Tips on high street shopping

Date Published: 12 June 2020

As non-essential shops prepare to reopen in North Kesteven from Monday 15th June, here is some handy information about our work on high streets and how you can help businesses at this time.

Which shops can reopen on June 15th?

High street retailers and department stores, including book shops, electronics retailers, tailors, auction houses, photography studios, indoor markets, and shops selling clothes, shoes and toys, will be allowed to open their doors again provided they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines set out by the government in May. They should display the sign produced by Government to say they have followed these guidelines.

If I choose to visit, how can I be prepared and best help them?

  • Take all precautions you can – including washing your hands thoroughly before leaving the house and when arriving home, and making use of hand gel or any other available facilities in between. Take note of any signage with health messages.
  • Walk, cycle or take private transport where you can. From 15 June, those using public transport will need to wear face masks.
  • Follow any signage on high streets, outside and inside shops to ensure 2 metre social distancing for your safety and that of others.
  • Queue as required, and be prepared to wait outside to enter a shop – there may be a limit on the number of shoppers inside in order to ensure social distancing.
  • Avoid taking the family or broader household if you can.
  • If you are vulnerable, please don’t go.
  • Help to protect others – if you or someone in your household is showing any symptoms – a cough, fever and/or loss of taste or smell – don’t go.
  • Park in the available car parks - this will help maintain social distancing and ensure the movements of yourself and others don't impact on the available space.

How are high streets being managed?

There are various groups – local authorities, police, businesses and the public - all with a role to play in order to protect the health of our communities.
Government has produced Covid Secure guidelines and businesses are responsible for the implementation of these as appropriate, inside and directly outside their premises, to protect the health of customers and staff.
North Kesteven District Council is implementing signage along higher footfall areas such as high streets to assist people in maintaining social distancing as they make their way through these open spaces.
These measures will be kept under review in a number of ways, including physically observing their effectiveness as more residents and shoppers make use of these spaces once more. 

What signage is NKDC using, and where will it appear? 

Pavement stickers, signs and bollard coverings will be used. In Sleaford town centre these will be visible in high footfall areas - running along the main length of Southgate and into Northgate and branching out to various streets within.

What considerations have been made for those who are elderly and/or disabled?

We’ve ensured that where we use broader signage along the high street it is with the intent to help all our residents move through the high street and open spaces easily. The type of signage we’re using – stickers, signs and bollard coverings - avoids blocking access or subtracting from the available space.  

How will queues be managed outside shops? 

Businesses are responsible for managing outside queues to ensure they do not cause a risk to individuals or other businesses, for example by introducing queuing.
Our BusinessNK Team and Environmental and Public Protection Team can offer advice and support to any businesses on implementing social distancing. 

What physical changes will you be making to the high street?

In North Kesteven we will explore the potential for temporary physical adjustments to be made to main high streets, such as increasing the width of pavements and introducing temporary cycle paths. 

We will consider any physical changes with the needs of our District in mind and taking into consideration any issues such as space, access and more, and will communicate any changes clearly to our communities. We also welcome any ideas or feedback on what physical changes may help residents using our high streets and open spaces.

An example of signage