With the lockdown measurers being eased and people being allowed to move around again, a number of shops which remain closed have been forgotten about. Probably because we are very niche in what we do but there are a number of us in the area.
People are being encouraged to go back to work but also being told to avoid public transport. This leaves cycling (shops allowed to open), walking, driving (garages and workshops allowed to open), motorcycling (where the rider needs PPE by law to do so – has been forgotten about).
I operate a motorcycle clothing and helmet store in the borough which, from the guidance given, is not on the essential shops list even though our products are required to enable key workers and general workers that ride a motorcycle to get to work.
So niche is our market, that a corner shop has more footfall, is smaller and normally has only one entrance/exit putting people more at risk there from buying sweets than it would for people to come through our door to buy protective clothing which I would deem more essential. They could though, could go and buy some flowers from a garden centre to give to their relatives who may have been injured by riding a motorcycle without adequate protection.
Id like to know what can be done about our situation and if shops in the area like ours could be allowed to open (with safety measures in place of course) to supply working motorcyclists with safety products some of which are required by law and some of which are common sense protective items. I have written to my MP to no avail.
I already know of a few places classed as non-essential (hand car washes etc, other car-related businesses) have reopened this week
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