With all retail, personal care businesses and outdoor hospitality re-opening today (April 12th), Rachel is encouraging residents to #SupportLocal to help the town’s businesses bounce back from the impact of the pandemic.

Step 2 on the Government’s cautious but irreversible Roadmap to ending lockdown restrictions in England has gone ahead as planned today.

This means all retail, outdoor hospitality, hairdressers, beauty care, gyms, libraries, outdoor attractions and self-contained accommodation can re-open.

Last week it was announced Redditch Borough Council had been awarded £75,088 from the Government’s Welcome Back Fund to help the town centre re-open.

Throughout lockdown, Rachel has been running her #SupportLocal campaign by promoting local businesses on her website and on social media that adapted and offered click and collect and delivery services.

And now they’re allowed to re-open again, Rachel is urging residents to help them bounce back by getting back out to the businesses which have opened their doors again.

Rachel said:

“I’m grateful for the millions of pounds in Government support local businesses have received, but there’s no doubt they’ve all been hit by the impact of the pandemic.

“As we take another big step forward on the Roadmap to freedom, it’s incredibly important we all #SupportLocal to help Redditch’s businesses bounce back. They need our support more than ever before.

“When you are out and about, please remember hands, face, space and fresh air so we can continue to suppress the spread of Coronavirus as we push on with the successful vaccination programme.”