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Making Sidmouth pubs and cafés safe and welcoming

  • by JW

“A vibrant town depends on visitors.”


Sidmouth High Street with bunting and flags

There has understandably been unease about the ‘easing’ of lockdown – and the influx of visitor to tourist spots. This has stimulated quite a debate:

Looking to a new kind of tourism after the corornavirus – Vision Group for Sidmouth

For the foreseeable future, though, Sidmouth relies on visitors to keep its economy going – its shops and cafés, its arts centres and pubs.

The chair of the Town Council has made it clear that “If we’re not welcoming to these tourists we will all suffer, because those businesses will not be there to make our town as vibrant as we like it to be.”

And meanwhile, the Chamber has sought to give reassurance “that many businesses have been actively preparing for the return of customers and we are quietly confident that this will be successfully managed.”

As reported in the Herald:

Sidmouth council and chamber of commerce welcome reopening of hospitality trade | Sidmouth Herald

At the same time, Nub News has outlined how the hospitality business will have to adapt to make things welcoming:

Reopening after lockdown: How Sidmouth's pubs and restaurants might change |


photo: Sidmouth High Street with bunting and… © David Smith :: Geograph Britain and Ireland