For the first time since December, retailers in the Vale of Glamorgan and across Wales are opening their doors to customers as lockdown restrictions in the country ease.
Shopkeepers in the county have spent the last few weeks preparing for the return to in-person business, putting Covid safety measures in place to ensure the safety of their customers and visitors.
Businesses of all shapes and sizes will be opening up as of today (12/04) as the phased re-opening of shops and close-contact services is complete. These include Barry Island’s famous Barrybados Gift Shop, Windsor Arcade, Penarth’s Umpa Lumpa Sweet Shop and new vintage clothing store, Fussy Home Vintage, based at the Goodsheds, Barry.
Other businesses opening their doors this morning include GLR Bespoke Services, a model railway store and workshop, Driving Instructors, such as KLJ Driving School, and charity shops like Craig’s Corner.
Now, the countdown begins to the next stop on the Welsh roadmap out of the Covid-19 restrictions, with April 26th set to signal the resumption of outdoor service from hospitality venues such as pubs cafes and restaurants in the country. Regarding this, one local, responding to a post on the Bro Radio Facebook page about the re-opening of shops in the area said:
“While you are shopping. Spare a thought for us local small cafes that are still unable to open. A take away coffee will put a smile on our face and help us .”
Are you reopening your business today? Let us know in the comments.