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We are truly delighted that Canterbury has emerged from hibernation and our wonderful businesses are open again. This weekend Canterbury attracted 29,230 visitors (an increase of 34% on the previous weekend) as we witnessed the opening of many hospitality businesses within the city and new safety measures were adopted to ensure that visitors could still enjoy all that the city has to offer within a safe, within a pleasurable shopping and dining environment.

We know it’s a long journey ahead, but we wanted to encapsulate the huge amount of positive feedback that many of you shared over the weekend so here is a snapshot of what our local businesses, and customers, were saying about our first steps back.

With the new ‘Eat Out to Help Out’ discount scheme coming, where are you planning to go?

For up to date information on things to do and where to shop, eat and drink, head to our MyCanterbury pages.

House of Agnes: “We’re open and COVID compliant  – restaurants are open and we have wonderful open spaces with plenty of seating. Guests have already arrived are absolutely delighted to ‘get away’ at last.”

Siesta Crafts: “Thank you to everyone who came to see us this weekend… and for helping us to keep safe by following our one way system and 2m social distancing rules. See you soon!”

Lily’s Bistro: “Thanks to everyone who came for coffee and cake and helped us start to iron out our new ways of working. This has helped us work out our systems ready for the trainees coming back and a new menu in the pipeline.”

Wrapped: “Thanks to everyone who came and supported us. Looking forward to seeing more of you very soon 😀”

Loake Shoemakers: “It’s been more than 100 days since our craftsmen put down their tools at the start of lockdown, and this morning the familiar, magical sounds of our machines firing up, tools clinking and shoe racks rolling again has been nothing short of wonderful.”

The Pound: “A brilliant start! Everyone is adjusting well to the new measures and there’s an amazing new food menu to enjoy!”

The Chair: “A HUGE thank you to all my team yesterday, they absolutely smashed it ❤️ and to our fantastic supportive clients we loved seeing you yesterday and in the weeks to come.”

The Foundry Brewpub: “Thank you for a great, safe reopening!”

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