Gravesend welcomes back traders and shoppers
The Mayor of Gravesham, Cllr John Caller, was on hand to welcome shoppers back to Gravesend on Monday morning as non-essential traders began to open their doors after the Coronavirus lockdown.
Queues for popular stores such as Primark started forming early as the fine weather encouraged many to return to the town centre for the first time in three months.
While a number of shops supplying essential items had remained open throughout the restrictions, there was a sense of occasion as more opened their doors. This was added to by the presence of a reporter and cameraman recording footage for the evening's BBC TV South East news programme.
With Gravesend Borough Market, Debenhams and Greggs among others expected to reopen as the week goes on, the town is expected to remain busy.
While social distancing requirements remain in force, shoppers will find queuing systems to enter stores in place for the forseeable future, with a team of Town Centre Marshals on hand to help ensure everyone stays safe.
We are asking everyone, including cyclists, to take extra care in the pedestriansed areas of the town centre to ensure social distancing is maintained and people are able to move through the town safely.
Financial support to help reopen Gravesend town centre has been made available through the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund via the Government’s Reopening High Streets Safely scheme.