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Late Night Shopping, Gift vouchers and the Cabinet Office


Good afternoon everyone

 Today’s Cabinet Office updates are below which cover: guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments; the Prime Minister’s COVID-19 Statement on 2 December; and the Government’s Christmas travel measures.

Late Night Shopping

Thank you to everyone who’s already signed up to take part in the Late-Night Christmas Shopping on Thursday this week and next.  I’ve prepared an online map to help shoppers plan their trip to town:

To help advertise the event I’ve designed a poster for you to print off and pop in your window. We have been working hard to advertise the event online and in the press, so here’s hoping for a good turnout and a profitable evening.

It’s not too late to join in. If you’d like to be included in the online map, then please just let me know by return on mail.  Please share the Discover Penrith [DP] social media posts to increase reach.

Gift Vouchers

Also, promoting the idea encouraging people to shop local, I’d like to raise awareness of the Gift Vouchers on offer across the town. DP will run a ‘gift ideas’ campaign and I think vouchers from businesses as diverse as Sassy Nix and The Lounge would make a good story. If you offer vouchers, please let me know and I can add you to the list.


Cabinet Office Updates

Guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments
Today the working safely during COVID-19 guidance was amended for handling goods, merchandise and other materials; with the objective to reduce transmission through contact with objects that come in the store. See here for details.

Prime Minister’s Statement on COVID-19
In his statement, the Prime Minister announced that the NHS is preparing for a programme of mass vaccination for COVID-19. This will begin next week and the first phase will include care home residents, health and care staff, the elderly and those who are clinically extremely vulnerable.

Christmas travel measures
DfT announced the Government’s plans to help minimise disruption and help people to be able to travel safely if they need to over the Christmas period.

Christmas travel messages:

  • Between 23 and 27 December, you may travel between tiers and other nations of the UK if necessary to meet with your Christmas bubble.
  • Anyone travelling to or from Northern Ireland may travel on the 22 and 28 December.
  • As people consider whether to travel to see loved ones over the Christmas period, be prepared that journeys may be busier than usual.
  • Whatever way you travel, you should plan your journey carefully, book ahead, consider quieter routes and be prepared for journeys to take longer than normal.
  • When travelling, sanitise your hands regularly, wear a face covering unless exempt, and maintain social distancing.
  • If you are driving, avoid sharing a car with people not in your household, Christmas or support bubble. Plan ahead and check your route before you travel.
  • Follow the local restrictions at your location for the Christmas period.


National Cyber Security Centre’s new Cyber Aware campaign

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) launched their Cyber Aware campaign which aims to help individuals and organisations protect themselves online.



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