We understand that as the weather starts to get warmer, more people are likely to visit areas of our district — especially the coastal areas. I want to assure you that we have been working with our partners to put measures and safety advice in place. We've created a full list of topics and advice, explaining which agency is responsible for what and this can be found here: Keeping safe when out and about. This highlights information about public facilities, such as toilets and car parks; roads and cycle lanes; coastal locations; safety measures in our High Streets and in the community; and litter. We often get lots of questions on these topics, especially when visitor numbers increase within the area, and so we hope that people will find this useful.

This week, the Government has also announced that we will be moving to step two of the roadmap out of coronavirus restrictions. This means that all non-essential retail, personal care premises and public buildings will reopen from 12 April. Indoor leisure facilities, such as gyms will also reopen; as will most outdoor attractions and settings. Self-contained accommodation, such as campsites and holiday lets, where indoor facilities are not shared with other households, will also be able to reopen. Hospitality venues will be allowed to serve people outdoors. However, wider social contact rules will still apply in all of these settings to prevent indoor mixing between different households.

I'm pleased to say that we are relaunching our support local campaign in association with the Observer series and our partners. This will encourage people to shop local, spend local, support local. The district has so many incredible shops and businesses and so it is vital that we all play our part and support them in whatever way we can. The campaign will also remind people of the importance of keeping safe and following Government guidelines. We've also provided posters and signage that businesses can download. To find out more, please visit: Shop Local, Spend Local, Support Local.

You will also be pleased to hear that Chichester's Wednesday market and Farmers' Market are set for a safe return to the High Street this month. These popular markets have been operating from a temporary home in Cattle Market car park since the start of the pandemic in order to help comply with Covid-19 regulations. However, in line with the Government's plan to carefully ease restrictions and pave the way back to a more normal way of life, the markets can now resume in their normal location. The Wednesday market, operated by Bray Associates, will resume in the city centre from 14 April. The Farmers' Markets, which are run by the council, will return to East Street every first and third Friday of the month from 16 April.

We've been working hard to make sure that this is the right time and that the right measures are in place so that stallholders and shoppers alike can enjoy a safe return to the High Street. Our Covid Ambassadors will also be on hand in the city centre to help control queues and encourage social distancing. It's been an incredibly difficult year for all of our traders and local businesses and we know that this move will be a very welcome one. We also know that shoppers rely on the markets for their fresh produce and goods, and many have told us that they feel safer shopping outside in the fresh air.

The Saturday market in Chichester will remain in its permanent location of Cattle Market car park. Both the Wednesday and Saturday markets are run by Bray Associates, and you can find out more at: Bray Associates . For further information about the Chichester Farmers' Market please visit: Farmers' Market.

The markets have everything you could need and are well worth a visit. All we ask is that you keep yourself and others safe by observing social distancing and regularly washing or sanitising your hands when out and about.

Please take care and keep safe.

Best wishes

Diane Shepherd

Chief Executive