RUGBY Borough Council has pledged to help businesses through the rest of lockdown and prepare for reopening, as the government announced its roadmap to the end of Covid-19 restrictions.
Council leader Coun Seb Lowe said the roadmap gave hope that pandemic restrictions will end later this year.
He said: “I know that all of our residents and businesses are looking forward to a time when we can meet each other and support our shops, gyms, pubs and restaurants again.
“There is now some clarity over when different parts of our economy will be able to reopen.
“Those businesses that will have to wait longer to reopen may be able to apply for support grants, or grants to help them adapt to new market conditions. Others will need to start to prepare to reopen again. We remain available to provide help and support, and will also host online seminars to help these businesses know what help is available to them and what we expect of them when they reopen.
“In the meantime however, case numbers are still too high. We can beat the virus by making sure that we all take up the offer of a vaccine when it is our turn and by continuing to wash our hands, keep our distance from one another and wear a mask.
“Soon we will be able to live life normally again, but we must remain patient and keep going until that time comes.”