Female member of staff in Whole Foods Market, Fulham Broadway, handing face masks to customers as they enter the store

Local businesses help kickstart local economy with safe and innovative new ideas

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Image captionWhole Foods in Fulham Broadway is providing free, disposable face masks to all customers

From using extra outdoor space to free face masks for customers, H&F businesses have stepped up to the challenge to help kickstart the local economy during the COVID-19 crisis.

Local businesses are leading the way with new safety measures which include everything from one-way systems to temperature checks, to hand sanitiser stations and cashless parking as public safety remains an utmost priority to avoid a second lockdown in H&F.

It forms part of the work Hammersmith & Fulham Council is doing in partnership with local business leaders in the Shop Local Shop Safe campaign to kick-start our local economy and keep local residents and businesses safe at the same time.

“It’s great to see local businesses both large and small come together to protect both their staff and local residents during the pandemic and help avoid a miserable second lockdown,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy.

“We’re working with local businesses to do everything we possibly can to help our local economy bounce back stronger than ever.”

Free face masks

Outside view of the Best Mangal restaurant in North End Road
Image caption: Family-owned Best Mangal is offering free face masks to anyone who passes the well-known Turkish restaurant

Whole Foods in Fulham Broadway is providing free, disposable face masks to all customers when they arrive at the store and fresh face masks for employees ahead of every new shift.

This is just one of a series of measures implemented to protect both staff and customers including new plexiglass screens and regular temperature check screenings on staff members.

Whole Foods has also introduced a special hour for those customers over 70 years old, at high risk or with disabilities on Wednesdays and Fridays from 7am to 8am. Find out more here.

Nearby, the family-owned Best Mangal in 104 North End Road is offering free face masks to anyone who passes the well-known Turkish restaurant. This effort to keep people safe has proven especially popular with those getting on the Tube at West Kensington station.

Europe’s largest shopping centre

Westfield London is also putting the safety of customers and businesses first in White City.

Europe’s largest shopping centre has introduced one-way systems, hand sanitising stations across the centre and using live footfall cameras to manage the number of people entering the centre, plus teams in place to manage queues safely.

Cashless parking and socially distanced parking have also been provided as well as floor stickers to mark social distancing spaces and the use of their indoor and outdoors screens to display key safety messages.

From Saturday 1 August, there will also be vending machines selling face masks for anyone who has forgotten their one to ensure everyone is wearing a face covering when inside the centre.

Shoppers walking along a pedestrianised avenue at Westfield London in White City
Image caption: Westfield London is also putting the safety of customers and businesses first in White City

Unibail-Rodamco-Westfield’s UK & Italy Regional Managing Director, Scott Parsons, said: ‘At Westfield London we continue to work closely with our retailers to support the health and safety of visitors to our centres including shoppers and employees.

“We are also working with H&F Council to promote their Shop Local Shop Safe campaign to help protect businesses and residents.”

Find out more about face coverings here

Open spaces

Local businesses have also already started to enjoy the extra outdoor space to eat and drink in this summer thanks to Hammersmith & Fulham Council’s ‘Our Space is Your Space’ scheme.

As businesses have reduced their capacity to help stop the spread of the virus, we want to give them more space outdoors to help them get back on their feet.

Find out more about H&F Council’s Our Space is Your Space scheme here.

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