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'We're eager to get going again.' King's Lynn business chief looks forward to shops re-opening

A Lynn business leader says there is cautious optimism among traders as they prepare to re-open next week.

Non-essential shops can welcome customers inside their premises from Monday in the latest easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

Tougher tier restrictions, followed by the third national lockdown, mean many firms in West Norfolk have had to keep their premises closed since Christmas.

The High Street in King's Lynn during the first week of the town moving into Tier Four measures.. (44065219)
The High Street in King's Lynn during the first week of the town moving into Tier Four measures.. (44065219)

And Vicky Etheridge, manager of the town’s BID group, Discover King’s Lynn, said yesterday: “Businesses are just eager to get going again.”

The latest rule changes will enable non-essential retailers, hairdressers and beauty salons, gyms and other facilities to re-open, while pubs will be able to serve customers outdoors.

Mrs Etheridge said the BID had been working with businesses to help them to re-open in a safe manner.

She added they are also working on plans to improve the look of the town, which it is hoped will progress in the coming weeks.

But, while she expects the town to be busy for the first few weeks after re-opening, she acknowledged traders are more cautious about how conditions could change as the year goes on.

She said: “It’s hard to tell beyond that because there are so many variables.

“Last year, we benefited from the small town feeling and people feeling more comfortable here than going to Norwich or Cambridge.

“I’ve spoken to friends in other parts of the country who want to come to Norfolk on holiday and they can’t book anywhere.”

Mrs Etheridge added that the BID team will be looking to restart the town’s regular farmers’ markets as soon as possible.

But she stressed there were no plans at this point for any large events and acknowledged it was likely plans would need to be adaptable to any changes in the health situation.

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