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Watford town centre reopens safely following lockdown

Shops, gyms, hairdressers, beauticians, bars, restaurants and the town centre bowling alley are among the many businesses that have opened their doors once again, as Watford today moves into tier two restrictions.

Under the recent lockdown, only retailers classed as selling essential items were permitted to open fully, with those classed as ‘non-essential’ having to either close or operate on a click and collect basis only. Banks, estate agents, dentists and opticians remained open throughout November, as did restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets, who could provide a take-away only service. Now the majority of town centre businesses are able to open again.

Maria Manion, chief executive of Watford BID said, “We want to welcome people back to Watford town centre and give them the confidence that it’s a safe destination, where people do wear masks, and social distancing is maintained.

“A lot of time, money and effort has been spent by businesses to ensure they are COVID compliant and that their customers can come back and feel safe in their premises. There are newly appointed COVID marshalls working in the town centre, hand sanitisers units located along the High Street, at all entry points to the intu shopping centre and many individual businesses have their own hand sanitisers in place. Floor stickers encourage a safe flow of pedestrians and visitor numbers are being monitored to prevent the usual pre-Christmas crowding.”