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Ryedale District Council reopens high streets safely

Ryedale District Council is helping its businesses reopen safely from 12 April 2021 with a range of measures put in place to reassure visitors and citizens as they return to the market towns.

To help citizens, businesses and visitors feel safe in Ryedale, colourful lamppost wraps have been rolled out in public areas to remind people to protect each other by following coronavirus rules and guidelines. Hand sanitiser stations are in prominent places in the town centres and stencilling, marking out two metre safe distances, is on pavements in busy areas. Posters reminding people about the ‘hands, face and space’ guidelines have also been put up. 

Officers have produced a handy guide for businesses with key information about reopening safely, the business support available, as well as environmental health and licensing advice. The booklet also introduces Ryedale District Council’s Town Centre Ambassador and COVID Marshall.

Adrian Hamilton, Town Centre Ambassador can help businesses and citizens safely navigate the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic and guide shoppers and citizens to stay COVID-secure. Martyn Barker, COVID Marshall will be carrying out patrols, offering advice on COVID-19 Government guidance, helping with queues and social distancing and cleaning frequently touched surfaces.

Both Adrian and Martyn can deliver copies of the booklet to interested businesses. An online PDF version is available at

The safety measures put in place are funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of the Reopening High Streets Safely scheme. 

From 12 April 2021 outdoor areas at hospitality venues (cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs, social clubs, including in member's clubs) can also reopen, including for takeaway alcohol.

To help those businesses planning to reopen officers have created a summary of advice that business owners will need to be aware of. This can be viewed at

Phillip Spurr, Programme Director for Economic Development, Business and Partnerships said:

“The Reopening High Street Safely funding has helped us to establish a safe trading environment for businesses and customers. The additional safety measures have been put in place to give people the confidence to shop locally and support local traders.”