Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser : 2020-09-23

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ADVERTISEM­ENT FEATURE The impact of the coronaviru­s pandemic has been devastatin­g for many local businesses across the area, forcing some to close or, at In very many cases these businesses are owned by and employ local people – bringing jobs and money into the local economy. the very least, to cut staff. To give They contribute to keep our local communitie­s thriving but they won’t our businesses a boost and help them to bounce back, we are asking North Lanarkshir­e communitie­s to survive without our custom. think local first. You receive better customer care and service locally. You’re sure of a Staying local avoids you having to travel far but still gets you out of the house, engaging with the world and helping to support your local friendly welcome, a good variety of products and services and staff who know you. community. So the next time you need a pint of milk and a loaf, a gift for a relative, a decorator or plumber, a cuppa or Think Local First lunch with a friend, Think Local. There are so many reasons to shop local! Town centres are at the heart of our communitie­s and we all want to see them thrive. But local businesses need customers to survive – so if you want a vibrant town centre, where people can socialise as well as shop, then shop locally. bottles of hand gel and shops will provide Staying safe this too. Clean hands on entering and leaving shops and cafes and remember not We’ve all worked hard to ensure that to touch your face. our towns are safe. We know residents need to feel protected and relaxed when Wear a face covering when you are indoors – or in cafes, when you are walking they’re out and about. Enhanced hygiene and physical distancing measures are in around. There are more and more options place. There will be additional reminders available to try so if one mask doesn’t feel comfortabl­e, you might need to experiment installed throughout all town centres over the coming week too. Just remember not to a bit. There are lots of guides online to making your own face coverings too. go out if you have any of the symptoms: a new continuous cough, a high temperatur­e, a loss of, or change in your normal sense Maintain a physical distance from others. of taste or smell. Two metres isn’t always possible inside shops which is one of the reasons why Try to be patient when queuing. The people are asked to wear masks. But most additional measures that businesses have had to put in place may sometimes mean of the time when out on the street, there should be plenty of space. Some people that service is a little slower. are more wary than others, so please be kind and give everyone room to move Keep your hands as clean as possible. around safely. We’ve all got used to carrying around PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R Pressreade­ +1 604 278 4604 ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW