Call for ‘safe shopping' as Fife retailers prepare to open their doors

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People across Fife have been urged to play their part to make shopping safe as the doors to retail premises open this morning.

The call comes from the Scottish Retail Consortium.

It wants people to help create a safe and enjoyable retail experience for other customers and store staff.

The call comes as a raft of non-essential retailers finally open their doors after 122 days of closure as part of lockdown restrictions.

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They have not traded since Boxing Day - and that followed a prolonged closure at the start of the pandemic last Spring.

The SRC estimated stores have lost out on £4.1b of sales since the onset of the pandemic.

It has no launched a new social media campaign on safe shopping, to encourage shoppers to queue considerately, maintain social distancing, wear face coverings, and be respectful to store staff.

David Lonsdale, director, said: “We encourage Scots to get out and visit their favourite shops - every purchase they make and every item they buy is a local job supported and a high street helped.

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“Unlocking consumer spending will be central to Scotland’s economic recovery and to bouncing back quickly.

"While we expect an initial surge in spending when shops re-open, the real test will be how this holds up.

“Many of us will be looking forward to returning to our favourite shop in the coming weeks, and we all have a duty to keep each other safe.

“Everyone should be considerate and respectful to their fellow shoppers and hard-working shop staff.

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"This way we can all enjoy shopping and support our local communities."

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