Traders at Yate Shopping Centre have said they felt reassured that they can now look forward to the Christmas trading period with following Prime Minster Boris Johnsons announcement that non-essential retail can re-open next week.

As from next week, it is anticipated that shops at the centre will be able to start re-opening following the Governments latest announcement on coronavirus restrictions.

Furthermore, the indication that all shops should now be able to stay open through to next Spring gives them an additional boost so they can plan ahead and put the last few months behind them.

Further announcements on Thursday will decide which tier level South Gloucestershire falls into and that will determine whether or not the Centre’s restaurants, bars and cafes can also resume full service.

Centre Manager, Andrew Lowrey: “The latest Government announcement is great news and means that non-essential shops will be able to re-open next week ahead of that all-important run-in to Christmas.

“It’s been an exasperating year for all traders but there is hope that at long last life can start to get back to normal. However, it is imperative that shoppers remain vigilant and keep to the Government’s guidelines. The Centre’s Management staff will be out and about in the run-up to Christmas to ensure all runs smoothly.

“Only weeks ago we were not sure what Christmas at Yate Shopping Centre would be like this year but last weekend the lights went on, the Grotto is in place albeit with restrictions and next Friday (4th December) the Yate Rotary Tree of Light will be turned on.

“Christmas is coming to Yate and I encourage shoppers to support their local traders and help put 2020 behind them as a year to be forgotten!”