Your local businesses need you! The government aims for more of our high street shops to open for business this month. To support our local businesses, we have launched a new 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 have been out visiting the district's towns and city to assess what signage will be required and to look at what further measures may need to be introduced. These proposals have been 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 will be installing temporary signage. We then are planning more long-term signage that reflects individual towns and the city as we move forward into the summer months, when people have started to get used to the social distancing requirements and when most businesses will be open.

We have also designed a range of downloadable signs for any business or community group in the district to use to help implement social distancing. Visitors to the district are being 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 next issue of our council magazine initiatives, which will be delivered to households from 13 July.


Where can I shop locally?

Over the coming weeks, we will be highlighting businesses that are re-opening and the measures they have put in place to make them COVID-secure. 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.

The government are advising people to consider wearing face coverings in enclosed public spaces where they may be more likely to come into contact with people they do not normally meet. This applies when visiting shops.

For guidance, view the government's  advice on wearing face coverings , and instructions on how to wear and make a face covering .

    When are businesses re-opening?

    Outdoor markets and car showrooms can now operate, as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers.

    All other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, are expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if the government's five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines. 

    The government has published further guidance for people who work in or run shops and branches

    Businesses will only be able to open from these dates once they have completed a risk assessment, in consultation with trade union representatives or workers, and are confident they are managing the risks. They must have taken the necessary steps to become COVID-19 secure in line with the current Health and Safety legislation.

    The government is taking action to help businesses re-open and protect their staff and customers, including:

    • working with local authorities to continue to carry out spot checks and follow up on concerns by members of the public
    • publishing updated COVID-secure guidelines for people who work in or run shops, branches, and stores.

    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.

    Queue management with social distancing

    Chichester BID has produced queue management guidance to help businesses when 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