Your local businesses need you! As the district's High Streets ready to reopen, we are encouraging people to 'Shop Local, Spend Local, Support Local' to help local businesses back onto their feet following lockdown.

Businesses across the district are preparing to welcome customers in person from 12 April when the next stage of the Government's roadmap takes effect with the reopening of non-essential retail.


Shop local

To encourage people across the district to support our businesses and High Streets, we have relaunched our Support Local campaign, in association with the Chichester Observer and the Midhurst and Petworth Observer.

We have been working closely with district businesses to ensure that they are Covid secure. From one-way systems to ensuring the correct signage and hygiene measures are available, our businesses really want customers to feel as safe as possible, and we're keen to reassure people that they can feel confident about returning to the district's High Streets.

We'd urge you to shop locally wherever you can to help our local businesses bounce back from the coronavirus pandemic.

Chichester markets

Chichester's Wednesday market and Farmers' Market are set for a safe return to the High Street this month. In line with the Government's plan to carefully ease restrictions, the Wednesday markets will resume in the city centre from 14 April and the Farmers' Markets will return to East Street every first and third Friday of the month from 16 April. The Saturday market in Chichester will remain in its permanent location of the Cattle Market car park. Both the Wednesday and Saturday markets are run by Bray Associates, and you can find out more about the Farmers' Markets on our Farmers' Market webpage.


Shop safely

It's vital that we all support our district businesses as they reopen, but we are encouraging people to do this safely so that we can continue protecting each other against the virus. All we ask is that you keep yourself and others safe by observing social distancing, wearing a face covering when required and regularly washing or sanitising your hands when out and about.

If you're shopping in the Chichester District, please:

  1. Follow instructional and directional signage in the High Streets.
  2. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before you go out and when you get home, and use hand sanitiser when you are out and about.
  3. Always follow the Government's guidance on staying safe outside your home.  and maintain a safe distance from others
  4. Wear a face covering where required.

Our Covid Ambassadors will also be on hand in the city centre to help control queues and encourage social distancing. We have recently extended this service until 21 June.


'Support Local' posters and social distancing signs for businesses

We have created 'Shop Local, Spend Local, Support Local' campaign posters for the district and for each of our High Street areas to encourage people to shop locally and to 'Stay Safe, Leave a Space'. If you are a local business, you can download any of the following sign designs for free to display in your premises.

Businesses can also download the following social distancing sign designs.

The Government has also created a 'COVID-19 Secure' poster that businesses can display it in their window to show that they have completed a risk assessment and put in the necessary measures to ensure social distancing. This can be found on the Government's website.


Business advice and support

The council's Covid Information Officers have been supporting businesses throughout the pandemic and will continue to support them over the coming months. From shops and supermarkets to pubs and takeaways, the Covid Information Officers have been working with businesses in the district to make sure they are following Covid-safe procedures and are doing all they can to keep their customers and staff safe. As part of this work, they have also provided advice and guidance on implementing hygiene and social distancing measures. If you're a local business and you need help with your Covid risk assessment, or if you have questions about current Government guidance and regulations, you can contact our Covid Information Officers by emailing: or calling: 01243 534602.

We also have a range of advice and information available on our business advice and support page, including:

  • links to Government business advice and tools,
  • information about training sessions and seminars,
  • advice for pubs, cafes and restaurants around permitted use and outside seating areas, and
  • how to contact our Economic Development, Health Protection and Licensing teams for more support.

If you have any concerns around social distancing in any of the retail areas in our district, please contact