Cambridge businesses rally together to tell visitors it is safe to shop
The businesses said they had spend thousands on making sure they were Covid-safe.
Cambridge businesses are rallying together to show they’ve made the city Covid-secure.
A group is launching a ‘Safe and Open Cambridge’ campaign, and are calling on other companies to join it to bring back visitors as lockdown eases.
All the businesses taking part in the campaign are highlighting that they have spent thousands of pounds on measures to ensure Covid safety, with enhanced hygiene measures, premises adapted to maintain social distancing, and training for staff.
Self-catering apartments will be among the first things to reopen, allowing members of the same household to holiday in them from April 12.
Your Space, which runs self catering apartments in Cambridge, said it was important to restore confidence among the city’s business and leisure visitors.
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Suzanne Emerson, owner and campaign organiser, said: “Hundreds of thousands of travellers from the UK and overseas bring millions of pounds into the Cambridge economy.
“They support so much of what makes the city world famous, like its tech and innovation sectors, education, and historical attractions.
“We urgently need to get the message out that it’s safe to come back to Cambridge now that we’re finally beating the pandemic, and that a warm welcome awaits our visitors. We’ve missed you!”
It also offers a quarantine package for those travelling from overseas, including a door-to-door service from Stansted Airport, and the option of having fresh food delivered to a guest’s front door.
“Whether it’s talking to the radio, newspapers and television, like this, online, on social media, in presentations, meetings or virtual conferences, we all need to start getting the message out that Cambridge is a Covid secure city to come to,” she added.
“It’s too important for so many businesses, and a prosperous future for Cambridge, to miss this opportunity. A better future is ahead, now that it looks as though we’re finally getting on top of coronavirus and we need to capitalise on that.”
Mill Road-based Culinaris, which sells delicatessen foods from around the world, has also joined the campaign.
Ildiko Bognar, sales and marketing manager, said: “Visitors are vital for so many businesses in Cambridge, but not only from a financial but also from a cultural as well as historical point of view.
“It has been a challenging year for all of us but thankfully we did not have to stop doing what we love doing. We stocked up with an abundance of brand new cheese, wines, spices, chocolates, charcuterie and many other goods, and are looking forward to the return of the buzzing, colourful, inspiring crowds of Cambridge that we all miss and love.”
Isabelle Chappell, chocolatier and owner of Chocolat Chocolat on St Andrew’s Street, said, “With lockdown coming to an end we’ve been busy taking all the necessary Covid precautions, and making chocolate of course!
“We’re ready to open with our new shop inside the Grand Arcade full of freshly made treats and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors from near and far.”