Magic of Christmas comes to Monmouthshire bringing cheer after a tough year

Monmouthshire’s towns and villages are to get a festive makeover as a new campaign launches aimed at supporting businesses in the lead up to Christmas.

Monmouthshire County Council’s ‘Shop Local, Shop Monmouthshire’ Christmas campaign aims to bring some festive cheer to our high streets while promoting the county’s unique businesses, their products and services.

Deputy Leader of Monmouthshire County Council, Councillor Bob Greenland said: “Businesses have been hit hard by the financial impact of the pandemic this year and I want to ask everyone to remember to Shop Local and help keep our high streets thriving.

“We can all help. From ordering our Christmas turkey at a local butcher’s or farm shop, to picking up fresh vegetables from an independent greengrocer or market trader, everything needed for a fantastic Christmas can be bought right here in Monmouthshire. And when it comes to gifts, I know that each of our towns and villages offer a great deal of inspiration and choices. So I would ask everyone to join in and get behind local businesses when they need us most.

Abergavenny Market festooned with Shop Local Christmas banners

To help encourage shoppers, the council recently announced free weekend parking in its car parks throughout December. Keeping shoppers safe is a priority, and temporary measures including widened walkways will remain in towns and villages as long as the COVID-19 regulations are in place, to allow residents to be able to maintain social distancing while picking up their Christmas essentials. Shoppers out and about will spot colourful ‘Shop Local, Shop Monmouthshire’ decorations and posters promoting some of the range of services businesses offer, including gift vouchers, being ‘dog friendly’, offering Click & Collect, and even home delivery.

Christmas cheer delivered by Monmouthshire’s children… and a few elves!

Read more… https://www.monmouthshire.gov.uk/2020/11/christmas-cheer-delivered-by-monmouthshires-children-and-a-few-elves/

Free weekend parking in December

Monmouthshire shoppers are being encouraged to support their local businesses with free weekend parking being offered in the approach to Christmas, throughout December.

The council has once again announced it will provide free weekend parking in all council-owned car parks from Saturday 5th December until, and including, Boxing Day. Head down to your local high street to take advantage of the fantastic array of local businesses selling everything from handmade gifts to locally sourced produce all in time for the big day. The offer of free parking in the three towns (Abergavenny, Chepstow and Monmouth) is hoped will encourage everyone to Shop Local.

Help keep Monmouthshire safe

Until we have a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19, we need to stop the spread of coronavirus by testing and contact tracing.

The NHS COVID-19 app is an important part of our Test Trace Protect programme to control the spread of Covid-19. The app will be used, alongside traditional contact tracing, to notify users if they come into contact with someone who later tests positive for coronavirus.

The app allows people to report symptoms, order a coronavirus test, check in to venues by scanning a QR code and it helps the NHS trace individuals that may have coronavirus.

The app will help the NHS understand if the virus is spreading in a particular area, and so local authorities can respond quickly to stop it spreading further and save lives.

The app does this while protecting a user’s anonymity. Nobody, including the government, will know who or where a particular user is.

The app is available for download from the Apple app store or Google Play store.

By downloading and using the app, you can help keep your family and friends safe. The more people who use the app the greater our chances of reducing the spread of the virus.

For more information https://gov.wales/nhs-covid-19-app

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