Local residents are being encouraged to support their high streets as retail businesses across Scotland are preparing to re-open today.

As part of Phase 2 of the Scottish Government’s route map out of lockdown, street-access retail can now re-open once guidance is implemented.

Retail is an essential part of Scotland’s communities and is one of the country’s largest employers.

The re-opening is underpinned by a new Scottish Government campaign to ensure shopping is safe.

The national campaign, which includes posters for retailers, encourages the public to enjoy shopping again as they safely support businesses in their local area.

SNP MSP Ruth Maguire said: “Being able to go to the shops is part of a routine for many local residents which has been disrupted for the past few months. The progress made so far has allowed a degree of normality to be restored with the easing of some restrictions on retail.

“Crucially, the re-opening of shops in our high streets is a further step in our economic recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Businesses which have had to rely on cash reserves and government grants will be able to begin to recover from the disruption to commerce.

“As with other easing of restrictions, I’d like to urge residents to continue to adhere to public health guidelines while returning to shops. Please continue to practise physical distancing, good hand and cough hygiene and use face coverings while in indoor settings.”

Scottish Government materials for retailers can be accessed from the ‘supporting files’ section of this webpage.

Total Scottish Government support for Scottish business now stands at £2.3 billion.

The Scottish Government has invested £2 million to support the recovery of town centres.