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Haverhill shops, staff and customers face a new dawn today




A number of shops have confirmed they are fully opening their doors today in Haverhill for the first time since late March.

Of course, the safety measures being put in place by West Suffolk Council, in partnership with Haverhill Town Council, ONE Haverhill Partnership and with the assistance of Suffolk County Council, means that things will look very different to normal.

The measures are being introduced to make the town centre safer for visitors and businesses and reduce the risk of covid-19 infections.

They will make social distancing, including while queuing outside shops, safer for everyone.

Glasswells staff Brian Field and Morrison Horsley, with PPE on, outside its Haverhill store when it reopened on May 30. Picture by Mark Westley.
Glasswells staff Brian Field and Morrison Horsley, with PPE on, outside its Haverhill store when it reopened on May 30. Picture by Mark Westley.

The High Street is to be closed to all traffic from 10am to 4pm, Monday to Friday and segregated two-way pedestrian flows should be in place in Crown Passage and Jubilee Walk

See the full story about that HERE.

Some shops or takeaways have already been opened, or in some cases have never closed,including Glasswells, Magic Touch Dry Cleaners, Subway,Autozone, Poundland, Holland & Barrett, Poundstretcher, Boots, Smart Fish Bar and Papillon.

A few more have now confirmed that today will be their first day of being fully open for months.

These include Serenity Footcare (opens on Tuesday), Nicom IT Services, Simpkins Jewellers, The Works, Ellis Interiors, The Craft Basket and Quick Service Shoe Repairs.

It looks likely, given the distance markers laid down outside and staff seen cleaning inside the premises, that Clarks and WH Smith are also set to reopen.

Other retailers may well be opening today but who is and who is not will become clear after 9am today.


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