Shop, eat and love local

Think Local first - support your town businesses

Think Local

Shop, eat and love local - that's our key message, as we all continue to fight the coronavirus pandemic.

We have launched an information campaign - Think Local - to encourage residents to safely use the shops, cafes, restaurants and businesses in local communities and help them start the recovery process.

The campaign also aims to reassure the public about the enhanced hygiene and physical distancing measures in place in town centres and businesses.

"The last few months have been extremely difficult for many businesses in our towns, with lockdown forcing some to close, to cut staff or to operate online only," said Councillor Allan Graham, Convener of the Enterprise and Growth Committee.

"We want to let residents know that our towns are open again, and ask them to support local businesses and help them recover. It's also important that people know they can feel safe and relaxed when they're out.

"Our towns have much to offer, from cafes and restaurants to shops and services, and the people who run them are part of our communities. So, please, when you're considering where to shop and eat, think local - help our communities thrive, keep local businesses alive."

Safety messages within the campaign will appeal to shoppers to follow physical distancing guidelines, be patient when queuing, wear a mask in centres and shops, avoid shopping at peak times and keep hands clean.

Campaign images will be in local communities on posters, billboards, buses and local newspapers and people can follow Facebook for news of their local town - @MyAirdrie. @MyBellshill, @MyCoatbridge, @MyCumbernauld, @MyKilsyth, @MyMotherwell, @MyNorthernCorridor, @MyWishaw and @MyShotts.

Find about more about the Scotland Loves Local campaign.

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