Guidance for safe shopping in Salisbury has been issued for the winter months as the Government tightens Covid rules in the country.

On Saturday (November 27), Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in a Covid-19 press conference the return of face masks.

From 4am tomorrow (Tuesday, November 30), face coverings will once again be compulsory in shops and on public transport.

The changes will not include hospitality settings.

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The Prime Minister announced that the measures are a precaution against the new Omicron variant of Covid-19.

The measures are "temporary and precautionary", to be reviewed in three weeks.

Salisbury BID (Business Improvement District) is urging Salisbury shoppers to stick to the new rules.

The BID is advising of the times that are quietest in the city centre for those who are concerned, so they can do some Christmas shopping without as many people around.

According to footfall trends, Monday and Wednesday afternoons are less busy.

The BID says there is easy access for vulnerable shoppers, with all car parks accessible 7 days a week and disabled parking throughout the city centre.

Car parks run by Wiltshire Council in the city centre are also free on Sundays.

Some of Salisbury's independents are also offering private appointments, or shopping as a small group, for those who would prefer it. Contact the shops direct to find out more details.

The other advice in the run-up to Christmas in Salisbury includes:

  • Wear masks in all shops and on public transport
  • Follow all necessary hygiene measures - clean hands, cover face, make space
  • Follow safety advice inside and outside shops
  • Respect the city's hardworking shopworkers
  • Shop sooner rather than later and help prevent a last-minute rush of customers on Christmas Eve.

Robin McGowan, Chief Executive of Salisbury BID, said: “Salisbury residents have offered amazing support to our local business community at a time when they really needed it, and they need it still.

"Our shops are following all Government safety guidance but customers are also reminded they have a part to play too.

"Please adhere to the rules and together we can experience Salisbury and Christmas in a safe way.”

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