Your local businesses need you! Many of our high street shops have been reopening for business. To support our local businesses, we have launched a campaign, in association with the Chichester and the Midhurst and Petworth Observer, to encourage people across the district to support our businesses and High Streets.

This is part of a package of support designed to help local businesses to reopen in line with the Government's recovery plan.

We are working closely with our local businesses and partners to ensure that everyone's visit to the high street is as safe as possible, and you can find out more here.

More about our campaign

Council officers visited the district's towns and city to assess what signage would be required and to look at what further measures may need to be introduced. These proposals were sent to key partners including the relevant town, parish or city council and the ward member for their feedback and involvement in this process. 

In the first instance, due to the rapidly changing landscape, we installed temporary signage. We are now developing more long-term signage that reflects individual towns and the city as we move forward and as people become more used to the social distancing requirements.

We also designed a range of downloadable signs for businessed or community groups in the district to help implement social distancing. Visitors to the district have been asked to look for the Government's 'COVID-19 Secure' posters in High Street windows, which show that the business has completed a risk assessment and put in the necessary measures to ensure social distancing.

Local businesses have joined forces with Chichester District Council to create a video to support the campaign. In the video, local businesses welcome people back to our high streets and explain the steps they have taken to keep shoppers safe.

Video features (in order of appearance):

  • Cllr Eileen Lintill - Leader of Chichester District Council
  • Sally Matson - Red Card, Petworth
  • Joshua Getting - R. L. Austen, Chichester
  • Laura Jandac - The Upholsterer, Midhurst
  • Joyce Tidy - Good News, Chichester
  • Stephanie Mears - Flawless Finish, Selsey
  • Julie Barker-Muzzell - Munneries, East Wittering
  •  Cllr Martyn Bell - Cabinet Member for Growth, Place and Regeneration at Chichester District Council
  • Cllr Alan Sutton - Cabinet Member for Housing Communications, Licensing and Events at Chichester District Council
  • Cllr Elizabeth Hamilton - Chairman of Chichester District Council
  • Cllr Donna Johnson - Chichester District Council ward member for Sidlesham and Selsey North
  • Cllr Gordon McAra - Chichester District Council ward member for Midhurst
  • Gary Shipton - Editorial Director, Chichester Observer and Midhurst and Pertworth Observer

How to show your support

Get involved and show your support by downloading our 'we're supporting local businesses' poster to display in your window at home.

You can also find a printed copy in the summer issue of our council magazine initiatives.

Where can I shop and eat locally?

Over the weeks, we have been highlighting businesses that are re-opening and the measures they have put in place to make them COVID-secure. You can find some of these on our case study page, and follow our social media channels for updates.

Chichester Business Improvement District have also compiled a business directory , with details of businesses in Chichester City Centre that are open for business.

Chichester Farmers' Markets

Food lovers are able to buy good quality local produce at Chichester Farmers' Market. The market will take place every first and third Friday of the month, 9am until 2pm, in a new temporary location at Cattle Market Car Park, Chichester.

Strict social distancing measures will be in place to ensure the safety of customers, stallholders and staff. For more information, please see our Farmers' Market webpage.

Shop safely

If you're shopping in the Chichester District, please:

  1. Follow instructional and directional signage in the high streets.
  2. Look out for the government's 'COVID-19 Secure' posters in shop windows, which show that the business has completed a risk assessment and put in the necessary measures to ensure social distancing.
  3. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before you go out and when you get home, and use hand sanitiser when you are out and about.
  4. Always follow the government's guidance on staying safe outside your home.
  5. Wear a face covering in shops.

Social distancing signage for businesses

If you are a local business, you can download the following social distancing sign designs.

We have also created a campaign poster to encourage people to Stay Safe, Leave a Space, which can also be downloaded and displayed in your premises.

In response to requests from local businesses we have created free downloadable signage for each town and the city to remind customers to wear masks before entering shops and other applicable businesses. If you are a local business, you can download the following sign designs to display in your premises.

Queue management with social distancing

Chichester BID has produced queue management guidance to help businesses as they reopen.

COVID-19 compliance posters for businesses

Businesses are encouraged to download the Government's 'COVID-19 Secure' poster and display it in their window to show that they have completed a risk assessment and put in the necessary measures to ensure social distancing.

Business advice and support

We have a range of advice and information available on our business advice and support page, including:

  • links to government business advice and tools,
  • information about training sessions and seminars,
  • advice for pubs, cafes and restaurants around permitted use and outside seating areas, and
  • how to contact our Economic Development, Health Protection and Licensing teams for more support.

If you have any concerns around social distancing in any of the retail areas in our district, please contact