Thurrock Council will help borough’s shops expand opening hours

THURROCK Council will ensure that all shops which want to take advantage of extended opening hours can do so following the government’s announcement of the temporary relaxation of opening hours in the run up to Christmas and throughout January.

Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: “Thurrock’s retail sector is incredibly important to our local economy and has been through a tough time lately. While additional government funding has been available to them throughout both lockdowns we want to make sure that they get all the help and support they need now that non-essential shops can re-open.

“The majority of the borough’s shops will not require any extra permissions to operate longer opening hours and can simply expand their opening hours if they choose. However, we will make sure that those who do need permission are able to open for as long as they like, 24 hours a day Monday to Saturday if that is what they require.

“This will not only help shops boost their business but will enable residents to shop safely at all times of day and avoid crowds forming in the normal peak periods, which will help keep the rate of infection down. It is also very important that we all follow hands, face, space advice and make to practise social distancing when we are shopping.

“Unfortunately the temporary relaxation of opening hours does not apply to hospitality venues such as pubs and restaurants which are operating under different rules and regulations through the national tier system.”

More information on support available to local businesses can be found at thurrock.gov.uk/business-and-licensing

Leader of Thurrock Council, Cllr Rob Gledhill, said: “Thurrock’s retail sector is incredibly important to our local economy and has been through a tough time lately. While additional government funding has been available to them throughout both lockdowns we want to make sure that they get all the help and support they need now that non-essential shops can re-open.

“The majority of the borough’s shops will not require any extra permissions to operate longer opening hours and can simply expand their opening hours if they choose. However, we will make sure that those who do need permission are able to open for as long as they like, 24 hours a day Monday to Saturday if that is what they require.

“This will not only help shops boost their business but will enable residents to shop safely at all times of day and avoid crowds forming in the normal peak periods, which will help keep the rate of infection down. It is also very important that we all follow hands, face, space advice and make to practise social distancing when we are shopping.

“Unfortunately the temporary relaxation of opening hours does not apply to hospitality venues such as pubs and restaurants which are operating under different rules and regulations through the national tier system.”

More information on support available to local businesses can be found at thurrock.gov.uk/business-and-licensing

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