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Coronavirus outbreak: Chesterfield Borough Council services update – 3 July

As we move into the recovery phase of our response to the Coronavirus (Covid-19) outbreak Chesterfield Borough Council will continue to assess and respond to new requirements and will modify service provision in line with the latest Government guidance.

Pubs and restaurants re-open

Chesterfield Borough Council is looking forward to welcoming more people back to the town centre this weekend with more businesses, including pubs and restaurants, set to re-open to the public from Saturday 4 July.

To make sure everyone has a safe and enjoyable weekend, the council is reminding residents and visitors to adhere to social distancing rules and respect the Covid-19 secure measures that local businesses have put in place.

This may mean that you need to allow more time for your visit. You should also check that if you are making a special visit to a particular town centre business that it is open as a number of businesses have delayed opening until Monday 6 July.  

Councillor Kate Sarvent, cabinet member for town centres and visitor economy, said: “After over 100 days of lockdown, this is a great chance for you to visit the town centre and support our local businesses. Sustaining our many brilliant independent businesses as well as the many household names that appear on Chesterfield’s high street is vital for our local economy.

“Please do look after yourselves and your families. If we all follow the rules we can keep everyone safe.  It is vitally important that we all remember this when visiting our favourite pubs and restaurants.”

The council is working closely with its partners including Derbyshire Constabulary to help ensure that everyone can have a safe and enjoyable weekend.

There will be an increased police presence and the council’s town centre ambassadors will also be on hand if people need any support.

The council’s licensing team have been working with business owners to ensure that they have undertaken appropriate risk assessments and have procedures in place to ensure the safety of both their customers and their staff.

Bars and restaurants will be collecting customer details as part of their responsibility under the NHS track and trace system.

The council is encouraging visitors to walk or cycle into the town centre.

We anticipate that taxis will be busy and would advise anyone needing a taxi to book in advance. Each taxi company will also have their own Covid-19 secure working arrangements in place and you should check these when booking.

Please also ensure if you use public transport that you wear a face covering as it is currently a requirement on all public transport.

First published on 03 July 2020 Last updated on 03 July 2020