SHOPPERS returned to Droitwich this week as non-essential shops re-opened.

Traders in the town said Monday morning was steady with fewer people visiting in the afternoon.

Cllr Richard Morris visited shop owners.

He said: "I went down late in the afternoon and the High Street was fairly quiet, but some of the independents in the High Street told me footfall had been consistent throughout the morning.

"All the shops had sanitiser outside and markings for social distancing which was encouraging to see."

To help remind shoppers about social distancing, Wychavon District Council has placed signs around the town to keep people alert and aware.

Cllr Morris said he was greatly encouraged to see shops re-opening, and that getting the economy moving again was vital.

He added: "Some of the independents asked if we could continue offering free parking, which we will for at least until the end of June.

"It is good to see people getting back out there and I really respect the business owners of the town for their efforts making sure it is safe."

Matt Nicol is one of the founders of business group Droitwich Means Business, who have been offering support and guidance to business owners in the town throughout the lockdown.

He said: "I really hope the Droitwich community gets behind the businesses re-opening.

"We are a group of business owners and residents who want to showcase Droitwich as the place to be.

"Everyone has a role to play in getting the high street back to normal with keeping distancing and hygiene up, so it is really good to see shops opening again."