One of the many casualties of the COVID-19 pandemic has been Cheltenham's night time economy which will continue to face significant challenges going forward.
With this in mind we very much welcome the night time economy recovery plan recently published by Cheltenham Borough Council. This is a hugely important step towards 'opening up' Cheltenham at night.
We are committed to working closely with our service delivery partners and others to ensure that our return to duty in the night time economy is safe for our service users, our service delivery partners and our own volunteers. A coordinated and well managed approach by all stakeholders is crucial in order to restore public confidence in the businesses and agencies that operate at night.
Cheltenham's Purple Flag night time economy is widely recognised as a safe, diverse and well managed environment. We have every confidence that the support of the local authority and other key stakeholders will build on this in order to return a night time economy fit-for-purpose, safe and better than ever.
Since suspending our community response to COVID-19 at the end of May we have been reviewing (and revising where necessary) our own night time economy operational practices as part of our own recovery plan to ensure we are fit to respond to a COVID-19 / post-COVID-19 environment. This includes re-profiling the products we use in the night time economy to ensure that a wider range of PPE (personal protective equipment) is available.
We very much look forward to returning to duty in the night time economy and commit to supporting the overall night time economy recovery to the very best of our ability.
If you have any questions or comments about the work that we do in Cheltenham's night time economy please email firstname.lastname@example.org.