Council delivers umbrellas to Swaffham businesses for social distanced queues
Umbrellas have been distributed to town centre businesses for customers to use when forming socially distancing queues outside shops.
Swaffham Town Council voted to purchase 100 umbrellas during a meeting last month following a motion by councillor Stewart Bell, who pointed out some busineses do not have the space to shelter people.
The umbrellas have the council's logo on them and will be available to help keep shoppers dry while they wait in the rain.
Swaffham mayor Jill Skinner said: “We are so proud of the town. It’s been fantastic to see local retailers open again and they have done a great job of adapting to the new ‘Covid normal’.
"The town council was keen to do something to help make it easier for shoppers to return and these umbrellas should make the inevitable queuing in the rain a little easier."
The umbrellas will be available to everyone collect one before they join the queue and they can then return it as they enter the shop.
Manager of Blaines Electrical, Lisa Poultney said the owners were pleased to receive two umbrellas and they think it's a good idea to make shopping easier for customers.
She added: "It is brilliant that they are thinking about customers. We can only have so many in our shop anyway. Four is ok at the moment but as things change, we are going to have more vulnerable people coming in because they are able to wear masks.
"Some people may have been isolating for a while so if you have footfall and it rains, then this is a nice gesture.
"Anything to improve people wanting to shop in Swaffham is a bonus and a big thing for the town. Making shopping more enjoyable and welcoming is important."
Landlord of the Red Lion Rob Bartram, a former town councillor, suggested the money would have been better spent towards a statue of Howard Carter in the town.