Coronavirus: Information Update 23 March 2020

24 March 2020

Guidance from the Government is coming out daily around the coronavirus (COVID-19).

On Monday 23rd March, the Government announced the closure of all shops selling non-essential goods, including clothing and electronic stores and other premises including libraries, playgrounds and outdoor gyms, and places of worship.

This announcement is to protect ourselves and the NHS as we continue to fight the virus over the coming weeks and months.

Businesses in Swindon town centre that have remained open include our supermarkets, pharmacies and off-licenses to allow people to gather the food and medicine they require. We'd like to reiterate from what the Government has previously stated, that visitors to Swindon should only visit the stores for essential needs and to follow any measures the stores have put in place as they are for the safety of employees as well as yourself.

Please continue to follow our social media feeds for regular updates on what our town centre businesses are doing and where possible please support these businesses by using any online/delivery services available. It is important that during these challenging times we support the local economy where feasible, and together we will come through this the other side - #lovelocal.

As a Business Improvement District (BID) we will continue to support those retailers that are both open and to those who have closed with the guidance on who to reach out to for business support. For businesses coping with the financial impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, Business West has provided answers to a range of widely asked questions to assist businesses, employers and employees.

Please stay safe, stay well and stay at home!

For all the latest information and updates from the government and NHS: https://www.nhs.uk/ & https://www.gov.uk/