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Wear a mask from tomorrow or face a fine of £100 Crawley shoppers warned



As the new rules come into force tomorrow, residents are being reminded of the need to wear a mask or face the possibility of a fine when they go out and visit shops.

From tomorrow a face mask must be worn in enclosed public spaces which include shopping malls, supermarkets and banks.

Residents are also reminded of the need to wear a mask when entering a takeaway where someone is entering to eat the food within the premises such as a restaurant the mask may be removed.

Anyone found breaking the rules and not wearing a mask where they should be could face a fine of £100.

In a response to whether Sussex Police would attend incidents where someone was reported not to be wearing a mask they said:

“Sussex Police will continue its approach of engaging, encouraging and explaining the current regulations that are in place and how they can comply with them.

Our priorities lie with public safety and ensuring the force can operate effectively to those who need us. People need to take personal responsibility for their actions, in particular during this heath emergency, and this includes adhering to the latest government guidance.

Local policing teams across the force will increase patrols in town centre areas to offer reassurance to retailers and members of the public, however we expect retailers to manage their stores as they have been doing for a number of weeks now.

Where there is anti-social behaviour and disorder, police will assess and attend if required as part of our usual policing response.

All officers and staff will be adhering to national guidance from the NPCC to determine when PPE or face coverings are required to be worn. “

In addition there are also exemptions that apply to children under 11 or those with disabilities or particular health conditions with Public Health also issuing a warning to parents not to cover babies or young childrens faces due to the risk of choking and suffocation.

Shops are not being forced to ensure their customers wear a face mask, placing the responsibility on the individual.

But there are some indoor venues where masks are not compulsory due to additional safety measures already in place. These include hairdressers, gyms and cinemas.


Furniture Village opens its doors in Crawley’s County Oak Retail Park



Crawley welcomes Furniture Village who will open a brand-new store in County Oak retail park this Boxing Day.

The new location offers a Carpetright concession, providing a one-stop-shop for customers looking to update their homes.

Visitors to the new Furniture Village store will be invited to create their ‘home in one’, by exploring collections for every room of the house, from sofas to beds to dining.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, comments:

“With much of the UK under lockdown, I’m delighted we’ve been able to open our new store in Crawley. County Oak is a fantastic shopping destination and the ideal choice for Furniture Village.

“It’s been a challenging year for everyone, but I am incredibly proud of the Furniture Village team which continues to offer industry-leading quality, choice and service. As well as Family Retailer of the Year, we’ve also been awarded National Bed Retailer of the Year so I’m particularly looking forward to welcoming customers to our new bed department.”

The store will see a team of 11 expert sales consultants offering valuable insights and advice to customers, all made possible thanks to enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.

These include temperature checks, PPE for all staff and hand sanitisation stations, along with an appointment booking system which can be accessed via the website.

Charlie Harrison, Commercial Director at Furniture Village, adds:

“Customer safety is still, and will continue to be, a priority for us. The feedback from all of our existing stores continues to be overwhelmingly positive, with the appointment booking system providing reassurance and exceptional service for customers.”

The store will open at 9am on Saturday 26th December 2020. Opening offers include Sale discounts of up to 50% plus an additional £50 off every £500 spent.

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