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Action to help with queuing and physical distancing once Fife’s town centres reopen

Kirkcaldy High Street.
Kirkcaldy High Street.

Fife Council is rolling out signs and pavement markings to help with queuing and physical distancing as town centres get back to business.

The local authority said it would monitor any increase in footfall in the region’s high streets, following First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement that most shops could reopen from Monday.

It said this was to ensure the right amount of support was available to keep everyone safe.

Plans being put in place for shoppers and visitors include reduced capacity in business premises, queuing outside and the potential for some businesses to use outdoor space.

Economy spokesperson, Labour councillor Altany Craik, said many people were looking forward to seeing others face-to-face, shop and spend time in their town centre.

“We’d like to reassure local people that we’re working with businesses to keep local people, staff and our communities safe,” he said.

“Whilst our towns may look and feel a bit different, we are all looking forward to a return of some sort of normality, bringing vibrancy back to the town and boosting our local economy.

“Our businesses have done an amazing job to make sure they can open safely and so I would encourage people to support them if they can.”

Meanwhile, the council is running a survey for businesses on how it can help manage town centres safely.

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