Welcome Back Bucks

With thousands of businesses in Bucks looking forward to opening their doors again on Monday, Buckinghamshire Council is offering free parking in its car parks from Monday.

Hundreds of shops, cafes and pubs as well as gyms, libraries and leisure centres all across Buckinghamshire are busy making their last-minute preparations before they reopen next Monday 12 April.

Following the next stage in the national reopening programme, from 12 April, we’ll be able to enjoy outdoor food and drink from pubs and cafes and we’ll be able to browse and buy in person as non-essential retail businesses can once again open their doors to us. Hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons are all poised to book us in for some extra pampering and gyms, leisure centres and libraries are all gearing up to greet us as we walk back through their doors. Local visitor attractions can also welcome us back from next week, just in time for some extra special days out during the Easter school holidays.

There will be free car parking in council car parks* from 12 April through to 11 May to welcome us back into our town centres.

Ian Thompson, Corporate Director at Buckinghamshire Council said: “It’s great news for all of us that we can now take this next step in the roadmap to recovery. By offering free parking in our car parks, we’re doing our bit to encourage people to support local businesses and come back to shop in our town centres. We want to welcome people back to our High Streets and make it a safe and positive experience for everyone.”

For the people who run local businesses, the next few weeks and months could literally mean the difference between make or break. That’s why we’re encouraging everyone to ‘Think Big, Shop Small’ as these businesses reopen. By thinking big about helping our local economy to bounce back and by shopping small with local small and independent businesses you could be helping to save a local job, or create a future job, for someone who could be your neighbour.

You can find information about local shops town by town on our Shop Local page.

To celebrate the people behind the doors who are busy getting ready to welcome you back, we’re inviting local businesses to tell us about what they are looking forward to most about opening their doors again next week. Follow their stories on our social media channels @BucksCouncil to find out more.

While we are ready to enjoy new freedoms and get out and about more, it’s important that we all do our bit to make sure we are still remembering to follow COVID guidance. Wherever and whenever possible, regular handwashing, wearing face coverings, maintaining 2m social distancing and only meeting outdoors with people who we don’t live with are all essential measures to help stop the spread of the virus. If you develop any symptoms of COVID-19 then you must still self-isolate along with your household and book a PCR test. We need to be cautious in our activities and continue to follow the guidance as Bucks begins to reopen, otherwise case numbers could rise in a way which would slow down the later steps of the roadmap.

*excluding car parks at country parks and on-street parking.

Shop sign stating they are open