Preston BID Is Distributing Free Face Masks Ahead Of Retail Reopening

The Prime Minister has confirmed the return of ‘non-essential retail ’, personal care businesses, and hospitality venues (outdoor) from Monday 12th April.

From Monday 12th April, people ‘coming home to their high street’ will be able to pick up a free, reusable face covering from the Flag Market.

Preston BID is distributing individually packaged, washable masks, from the city centre facility between 9.30am and 1.00pm, Monday – Friday (whilst stocks last).

It is a repeat of a successful exercise the business group undertook in June 2020, when it distributed 15,000 face coverings to city centre visitors and is just one element of the BID’s drive to see people confidently, and safely , returning to the city centre.

Mark Whittle from BID said:

“It’s been a long and tough road for businesses, and their team members, especially those in the hospitality sector, who have been closed for the best part of twelve months.

“In partnership with the city’s shops, personal care businesses, and leisure venues, we have committed to a series of activities, to help Preston’s high street re-emerge.

“Business operators and city stakeholders have introduced a range of measures to confidently and responsibly encourage people to return, including a large local media campaign.

“In addition to the complimentary face coverings, the BID is embarking on a re-run of the disinfecting programme it undertook in June 2020.”

Andrew Stringer from the city’s retail forum said:

“We are delighted to welcome back non – essential retailers to the city and hope that visitors recognise the efforts made to make Preston as safe as possible.

“We would like to thank our essential retailers who have remained open throughout the lockdowns to serve our city and also our valued customers for their support during these times.

“We look forward to you returning to shop with us again and showing your support for your city centre ”

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