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"We're up for the challenge!"

Saturday 30 May 2020

"We're up for the challenge!"

As more businesses reopen with new measures in place, one of St Peter Port's retailers has said they are more than up for the challenge after a tough few months for local employers and their staff.

Clothes shops are among those able to welcome customers again from this morning but shops will have a different to feel to when they were last open to the public.

Changing rooms aren't allowed to be used, and fewer customers will be able to browse at a time.

Stricter hygiene measures are also in place along with at other businesses across the Bailiwick.

Marc Maubec, the owner of HS2 and Superdry clothes shops said they've been working very hard to get ready for today.

"We're obviously very excited to re-open our doors. All of our team have missed being at work, and are really keen to get back in the stores and look after our customers once again.

"It's been a long, difficult couple of months for us all, but the most important thing of course was for us all to stay safe and work together as a community. Our priority was to look after our team as best we could, and we're really pleased to have every one of them back in the stores."

Other town shops are planning to reopen as well with Creasey's saying all of its stores and concessions will be welcoming customers from today.

Hairdressers and beauty salons are also reopening with some experiencing long waiting lists from regular customers. 

Restaurants, bars and cafes which can comply with social distancing measures are allowed to serve food and drinks to seated customers from today. Bars which don't serve food can serve drinks to customers from Monday 1 June.

Full details for businesses is available on the States website HERE. 

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Pictured: It's hoped St Peter Port will soon be busy with shoppers and diners again. 

With all businesses having to introduce new measures to comply with public health guidance many have asked for patience from customers as staff and members of the public begin to get used to the 'new normal'.

Mr Maubec said those measures have been put in place at his shops, HS2 and Superdry, and he is confident they will work well.

"The thing that has stood out for me personally has been the outstanding community spirit during this period. Our Island is special anyway, but I really feel that we have all pulled together and supported each other more than ever. I think people have really appreciated local businesses, and the efforts they have made during the lockdown.

"I sincerely hope that we all continue to pull together once again with so many businesses re-opening this weekend, be it clothing stores, jewellers or restaurants.

"We need to give all of our local businesses the support they need, and drive the local economy back into recovery. As I said, we can't wait to welcome everybody back in our stores, but in the famous words of our esteemed leader, please bear with us, we may not get everything right first time! To begin with, it will be a new way of doing business, with social distancing, enhanced hygiene and cleaning procedures and less people in store than perhaps we are all used to. But we are more than up for the challenge!"

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