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Tens of thousands of face coverings to be given out for free in Preston city centre

Posted on - 9th June, 2020 - 6:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Health, Preston City Centre, Preston News
Face coverings will need to be worn on public transport from June 15 Pic: Pixabay
Face coverings are to be available to visitors in the city centre Pic: Pixabay

Tens of thousands of free face coverings are to be handed out to Preston shoppers from Monday (15 June).

As non-essential shops prepare to reopen the organisation responsible for promoting the city centre has announced the measures.

Preston Business Improvement District is setting up pop-up face mask stations throughout the city centre.

Members of the public will also be able to use complimentary hand-sanitising facilities in the city centre.

One of the hand sanitiser stations outside the former BHS in Fishergate Pic: Tony Worrall
One of the hand sanitiser stations outside the former BHS in Fishergate Pic: Tony Worrall

Two hand-sanitiser stations are already in place outside the former BHS store in Fishergate and at Evoque nightclub in Church Street, but Preston BID say they are increasing the number of the hand gel stations.

Funding for the hand sanitiser and face coverings comes from city centre firms, who fund Preston BID through a levy on their rates.

Read more: New cafe bar eyeing up opening in Preston city centre

A spokesman for Preston BID said: “As part of this programme to provide protection to visitors and business colleagues, we are asking for volunteers to support us in manning the stations.

“Maybe you could spare a few hours a day, or a day a week – maybe your currently furloughed and would like to volunteer to help your city?”

Anyone interested is asked to email volunteer@lancschamber.co.uk with their availability from June 15 onwards.

Read more: Preston gets two new pop-up cycle lanes

The Business Improvement District has already been doing a weekly deep-clean process on the city’s high street and street furniture from early April.

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