Let’s support our shops (at a social distance)
Was anyone else itching to get into a real shop? We'd love to hear shout-outs for your local high street heroes across Warwickshire.
Shopaholics rejoice! Independent stores, high streets and shopping centres classed as non-essential have been given the go-ahead to reopen as lockdown eases.
Some people will be very cautious about hitting their local high street just yet – obviously, there is still a virus out there and that threat shouldn’t be taken lightly – but if you feel safe, confident and able to do so, let’s show our favourite local shops our support.
If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that Muddy has always been about championing the plucky, diverse, brilliant independent retailers that proudly pepper the high streets of Warwickshire’s villages and towns – and they need us more than ever right now. Never has the phrase ‘use it or lose it’ been more pertinent.
Local business owners have been working hard to make their spaces safe for customers and staff. So where has been your first port of call and why? I’d love to hear your shout-outs for your local high street heroes – tell us in the comments box below. Don’t forget your face mask and hand sanitiser, along with your credit card!
Across Warwickshire and the West Midlands the bigger shopping centres include Royal Priors, Leamington Spa, Touchwood Solihull (first two hours parking free), Bell Court, Stratford and Elliots Field, Rugby with increased cleaning and sanitiser points.
Nearby designer shopping mecca Bicester Village in Oxon is also opening (the village looks lovely this time of year with summer flowers, plants and trees) with new protocol regulations. Visitors will have a temperature scan on arrival, plus you can book a virtual queue spot for your favourite boutiques using the app. It’s advisable to go when quieter – Weekday mornings 9.00 to 11.00 and Weekday evenings 18.00 to 20.00.