Where Preston shoppers can get free face masks as high street reopens
Written by Skywave Radio News on June 15, 2020
The locations have been confirmed for collection points as tens of thousands of face masks are made available to Preston shoppers.
Preston BID is giving away thousands of face masks from today (June 15) to mark the day on which many ‘non-essential’ businesses can return to work under Government guidelines.
A number of stations, complete with hand sanitiser, are to be set up to mark the day and to encourage more people to visit the city and support local businesses.
The masks themselves have been funded by city centre businesses as they prepare to open up the shutters after 12 weeks in lockdown.
From today, masks will be able to be collected from the Flag Market, where shoppers will be expected to form socially distant queues.
From then onwards, collection points will remain at the Flag Market.
But masks will also be able to be collected at the top of Cannon Street, near to Costa and JD Sports on Fishergate.
Mark Whittle, manager at Preston BID, told LancsLive: “One of the things that we’re rightly hearing from customers across the country is that they want to see safety and protection measures in place in town and city centres.
“The BID wants to see the city centre re-open effectively, and safely, so anybody visiting can pop and see us to grab a free face covering and to sanitise their hands before making their way to the stores.”
Publicly accessible hand sanitising stations have been available 24/7 at the former BHS store on Fishergate and outside Evoque nightclub on Church Street.
Preston BID is also conducting weekly cleaning of city centre streets and public furniture.
The first clean took place on Sunday (June 14), covering the retail areas including Fishergate, Friargate, Orchard Street, Church Street and Lancaster Road.
A spokesperson said: “Over the past few weeks, we have been working on a range of measures that we believe will support businesses and encourage customer confidence.
“We are positive, that by working safely as a city, we can see the Preston begin its recovery.”
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