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'Think local' plea to Ross-shire residents over Covid-19 recovery drive


By Hector MacKenzie

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Dingwall High Street traders are amongst those in Ross-shire hoping to bounce back from the impact of coronavirus on business.
Picture: Callum Mackay
Dingwall High Street traders are amongst those in Ross-shire hoping to bounce back from the impact of coronavirus on business. Picture: Callum Mackay

ROSS-SHIRE residents are being urged to think local to help struggling businesses bounce back from the loss of four months worth of trade.

The Scotland Loves Local campaign is a national initiative designed to encourage people to think about what's on their doorsteps firstand support their High Streets.

After visiting several small businesses over the weekend, Ross-shire-based Highlands and Islands MSP Maree Todd said: "Our town centres and High Streets have been significantly impacted by the Covid-19 crisis. Not only have they lost out on four months of vital trade, but they now face operating under strict public health guidelines.

“Over the weekend, I visited some of the businesses at the heart of the community in Dingwall, from MacDonald’s Hardware Shop to Picaresque Books. I really missed exploring my favourite shops during lockdown, so it was great to get out and about again and see some friendly faces, albeit behind masks and visors.

“Our local businesses closed back in March to keep our communities safe, now it’s our turn to do our bit to support them and help them get back on their feet. I would urge anyone who can, to get out and about and help our local shops, cafes and restaurants recover from the economic disruption caused by Covid-19.”

On July 10, the Scottish Government made face coverings mandatory in shops across Scotland.

Highlighting their importance, Ms Todd said:“When shopping, it’s important that we play our part in a collective effort to prevent the spread of the virus by wearing a face covering. This not only protects ourselves but also fellow shoppers. Of course, we must remember not to become complacent with physical distancing and good hand hygiene, as these measures remain just as important as ever.”

There are exemptions for those unable to wear a face covering due to health reasons, and they should not be worn by children under the age of 5.

For more information on the Scotland Loves Local campaign, visit www.lovelocal.scot

Related: Ross High Street closure fears as coronavirus impact hits

Dingwall traders take tentative steps back to business

How is it for your business in Ross-shire? Email your stories and pictures to hector.mackenzie@hnmedia.co.uk



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