Covid-19 Update from Great Yarmouth Town Centre and Business Improvement District Manager

We are living in extraordinary times when all of us are continuing to be affected by the Coronavirus pandemic and the measures being taken to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

I hope that you are all doing your best to stay safe, protecting your family, friends, colleagues and neighbours from this indiscriminate and potentially lethal virus.

Throughout 2020 and Q1 of 2021, we have continued working to keep our members and BID payers informed of the measures put in place by HM Government to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak and to provide reliable information on the range of support packages launched to assist businesses through these difficult times.

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We have continued to be as active as possible under these unique circumstances; using our social media channels, e-newsletters and the gytcp website to inform the public of the various measures that have been placed in our town centre in response to the Covid-19 measures; creating, monitoring and updating a live database listing the town centre businesses still open; monitoring and recording the impact of Covid-19 on footfall and trade; working with national organisations representing town centres as they gather evidence and opinions to lobby Government Ministers for additional support for town centres; working with local authorities on initiatives to support town centre businesses, and to plan for the recovery as restrictions start to be lifted; directly supporting businesses through our street wardens patrols; maintaining our 24/7 CCTV monitoring of the town centre including the town centre radio link; updating and advising our crime reduction members via the secure SIRCS messaging system.

Whilst much of the event activity during 2020 had to be cancelled, we hosted socially distanced family oriented walking trails when such activities were permitted in between lockdowns. Towards the end of 2020 we worked with Great Yarmouth Borough Council to secure additional funding towards increased decorative lighting so that the town centre could provide a festive atmosphere as we invited shoppers back to the town centre for December and Christmas shopping, which we hope will be further added to for Winter 2021.

Looking forward to the potential re-opening of retail stores in April and hospitality settings in early summer, we are readying ourselves to celebrate the return of the visitor economy and will remain committed to providing a safe, clean and friendly town centre experience for locals and visitors alike.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and stay safe.

Jonathan Newman

Great Yarmouth Town Centre and BID Manager



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