It is the last full week of shopping before Christmas, but with the coronavirus pandemic continuing and social distancing rules still in place, we realise that some people may still be wary about venturing out to finish their present buying.
Salisbury shops have made a lot of changes to make sure they adhere to restrictions and keep customers and staff safe. Some of our independent businesses 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 on their offerings.
There are also some days of the week and times that are quieter in Salisbury city centre so could be an ideal time to do some Christmas shopping without as many people around. Footfall trends, captured by Salisbury BID and Springboard, show that Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons between 3pm and 5pm are less busy.
The figures also show that people have returned to our city centre following a second lockdown. On Saturday 5th December there was a 92.8% rise in footfall on the previous Saturday. And, on Sunday 6th December it was up 126% week on week.
There is easy access for vulnerable shoppers with all car parks accessible 7 days a week and disabled parking throughout the city centre. Wiltshire Council run car parks in the city centre are also free each Sunday.
If you are planning on shopping in Salisbury during the time that is left before Christmas please remember to stick to these rules to ensure the community, and our businesses, stay safe:
Maintain social distancing
Follow all necessary hygiene measures - clean hands, cover face, make space
Follow safety advice inside and outside shops - take notice of any guidance in shop windows as to how many customers are allowed at any one time
Queue considerately and be patient
Respect our hardworking shopworkers
Try to avoid peak times
Don’t leave Christmas shopping to the last minute – shop sooner rather than later to help prevent a last-minute rush of customers on Christmas Eve!