Businesses and organisations across Huddersfield are gearing up for the re-opening of non-essential retail and outdoor hospitality after PM Boris Johnson confirms Stage 2 unlocking will go ahead as scheduled on 12th April.
The key date sees non-essential retail, personal care businesses, gyms, leisure centres and outdoor hospitality venues in England able to re-open following the Coronavirus Lockdown. Pubs and restaurants will be allowed to serve food and alcohol outside, and unlike previously, customers will not be required to order ‘a substantial meal’ in order to purchase alcohol.
Businesses and organisations which are able to re-open across Huddersfield are working hard to prepare to welcome their customers back in a Covid-secure way.
Across the Easter weekend, Huddersfield BID’s cleaning team were out and about in our Town Centre performing a ‘spring clean’ on Macauley Street near Huddersfield Bus Station, Market Street and St George’s Square. The team will continue to work across other areas of the Town Centre ready for next Monday’s re-opening.
Public transport operators have worked hard during the recent lockdown to maintain transport services across their networks. Whilst services were reduced during lockdown, most operators have now returned to their pre-lockdown timetables. On Sunday 11th April, some bus operators including Yorkshire Tiger will be making short notice changes to their timetables in preparation for the latest easing of restrictions. Full details can be found at www.wymetro.com.
Some pubs and restaurants are taking to social media to confirm whether or not they are able to re-open including many out of the town centre. Some of the bars in the Town Centre which have already confirmed they will be reopening include: The Warehouse, The Vulcan, The Parish, Slug and Lettuce and Revolution.
Here at Huddersfield Times, we are passionate about supporting local businesses and promoting Huddersfield as much as we can! To try and help businesses as much as possible we will be running a Live Reopening Blog on Monday. The blog will provide coverage across Huddersfield from as many businesses which are able to open as we can. Any businesses who would like to feature as part of our coverage are encouraged to get in touch with us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find out more details in full about the easing of lockdown restrictions at www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary.