Campaign to give shoppers confidence to return to Norfolk high streets

Three district councils in Norfolk have joined forces to help high streets safely reopen again.

Open air markets and car showrooms can reopen from June 1, with non-essential shops in England allowed to open two weeks later.

Breckland, South Norfolk and Broadland District Council are launching a new campaign to give people the confidence to return to shops again.

The district councils are looking at introducing barriers on high streets to allow social distancing and, if necessary, close some streets to keep the public safe.

Other measures include providing hand sanitiser and installing banners, window stickers and floor markings to help pedestrians navigate the high street.

Norfolk high streets could see signs like this Credit: ITV Anglia

It's hoped the 'Confidence' campaign will help get the districts’ businesses back on their feet since they closed due to the pandemic.

“This recovery will require a whole council response", Cllr John Fuller, Leader of South Norfolk Council said.

"We will help provide a clean, safe and secure shopping experience and give our residents the confidence to get back onto the high streets and get the cash registers in our local businesses ringing again.

"Shopping may take longer so we will extend the free time in our car parks and together, we will beat the crisis and reboot our local economies, one business and one job at a time.”