But with the restrictions less prohibitive than the spring lockdown, non-essential shops are permitted to open for click-and-collect; where the goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises. Retailers are also permitted to continue operating a delivery service. This means the people of Salisbury can still shop local.
Many shops, such as supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, hardware stores, pet shops and off-licences are permitted to stay open as usual, with Covid-secure measures in place.
Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs have also been forced to close, but they can still provide takeaway and delivery services.
See the government guidance on businesses permitted to close here.
Salisbury BID, the organisation funded by and working for businesses in the city centre, has compiled a list of open businesses including the essential shops who remain open, non-essential shops who are offering a click-and-collect service as well as the hospitality venues operating as takeaways. The BID is encouraging everyone to make the effort to shop local with both the independent and national businesses in our city centre.
Click here to see the list of open businesses in Salisbury city centre.
Susi Mason, Director of Salisbury BID and owner of Casa Fina, has reiterated the importance of shopping local and how you can still support shops. She said: “As we ease into another month of lockdown, it’s really important that we get the message out that although our shop doors may be closed, many retailers are still open for business in other ways.
“Lots of local shops, including myself, have been forced to adapt their business and embrace the online way of working. I can take orders through my website, social media, email or over the phone and I’m operating a click-and-collect service, as well as a delivery service, and many other local shops are doing the same. So, although our shop doors are shut, we’re still very much open for business and we’re very grateful for the support, no matter how big or small.
“We’re encouraging everyone to think about where you’re spending your money and to shop local. We may be in a second lockdown, but you can still shop local and support local businesses.
“Please make use of the list of open businesses that the BID has put together and shop with these businesses wherever possible; particularly the small independents who really need your help.
“Another great way to support local businesses in Salisbury city centre is to give a Salisbury Gift Card. It can be spent in a choice of over 130 businesses, so makes the perfect gift for everyone. It’s a way of pledging your support to the city.”
Salisbury Gift Cards can be bought online via salisburygiftcard.co.uk and delivery is free.
The Prime Minster confirmed that the lockdown will end on 2nd December, after which England will return to its tiered system of local lockdowns. The tier designation will depend on the rates of infection at that time.
In partnership with VisitWiltshire, Salisbury BID co-fund the Visit Salisbury website to promote the city to visitors. The Visit Salisbury website has a full events calendar for Salisbury.