Welcome back to Gravesend - but please stay alert and safe
The Leader of Gravesham Borough Council Cllr John Burden has appealed to visitors to Gravesend to stay alert and continue to observe Government guidance aimed at combating the spread of Coronavirus as the town reopens for business.
With non-essential shops and businesses free to reopen from 15 June, the council has been putting plans in place to make the town a safe and healthy environment for shoppers and traders alike.
“People will be coming back to a town that is very different to the one they knew pre-lockdown,” said Cllr Burden.
“Ever since the Government announced 15 June as the date non-essential businesses can reopen, we have been in discussions with traders about the measures needed to ensure the safety of themselves, their staff and visitors.”
Those discussions have centred on numbers allowed into buildings at any one time, safe queueing systems outside premises, and social distancing.
Cllr Burden added: “Anyone who has visited the town centre in the last week or two will have already seen quite lengthy queues for some of the bigger stores and banks and building societies. These will only grow as more businesses open.
“We are working closely with businesses to ensure queues for different premises don’t merge and that there is room for people to pass on their way to other destinations.
“We are also introducing a team of Town Centre Marshals to monitor queues and offer advice and guidance to members of the public to help them stay safe. I would ask people to follow that advice in the spirit it is intended.”
Additional signage is being put in place in the town centre encouraging visitors to observe social distancing requirements.
Cllr Burden said: “While we are doing all we can to make the town as safe as possible and to help our traders and the local economy get back up and running, we still need people to take personal responsibility, cooperate with all the measures being put in place, and remember that COVID-19 is still a very real threat.
“Although more shops and businesses will be opening from 15 June there are still restrictions in place on meeting people from outside of your household and, of course, around social distancing.
“I would ask anyone visiting the town to support our local traders to be sensible and continue to follow all Government guidance and the advice of our Town Centre Marshals and shop staff at all times.
“Working together we can bring our town centre back to life.”
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.
What will be open?
Businesses expected to be open from Monday 15 June*
- 725 Employment Agency
- Admiral Amusements
- Age UK
- Allen Carpets (Appointments only)
- Allsorts Antiques
- B&M Homestore
- Barclays Bank
- Blackwell's Jewellers
- Burger King
- Caxtons Chartered Surveyors
- Coffee Republic
- Favourite Chicken (Takeaway and delivery only)
- Food Shop
- Goatcher Chander
- Gravesend Games & Models (Online order collection)
- Holland & Barrett
- Invicta Bar (Takeaway only)
- Julius Caesar (Takeaway only)
- Kent Reliance Building Society
- Kings Diner (Takeaway only)
- Kings Veg
- Little White Dress (Appointment only)
- Lloyds Bank
- Mann Countrywide (Appointments only)
- Manor Estates (Appointments only)
- Marie’s Emporium
- Marie’s Tearoom (Takeaway only)
- Milaad (Delivery only)
- Mug & Meeple (Games, models & toys only. No gaming or tournaments)
- Nationwide Building Society
- New Road Groceries
- NJ Fishing Tackle
- OK Bags
- Paddy Power
- Peasher (Takeaway only)
- Perfect Pizza (Takeaway and delivery only)
- Pizza Go Go (Delivery only)
- PML (Appointments only)
- Pro Estates (Appointments only)
- Reliance Fish Restaurant (Takeaway only)
- Revitalize (Appointments only)
- Robinson Jackson (Appointments only)
- Rose Petals
- Sie’s Pie & Mash (Takeaway only)
- St George’s Flowers
- Sports Direct
- Stairways Express Grocery
- Sultan Sofrasi (takeaway and delivery only)
- Tesco Metro
- The Flower Pot
- The Marlin (Takeaway only)
- Three Mobile
- Thumbs (Takeaway and delivery only)
- Tini's Baby Boutique
- TJ’s E-cigarettes
- Top Gifts
- Vegan Antics (Takeaway only)
- Vitamin Shop
- WH Smiths
- Zam Call
*Note, this information is subject to change at short notice and is intended as a guide only.