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By Chris Saunderson

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ONE of Elgin’s independently owned businesses was pleased to see its regulars, as well as new customers venture out on Monday.

With the easing of lockdown allowing non-essential retail shops to reopen, business partners Linda Littlewood and Richard Cumming opened the door to a revamped and coronavirus-ready Sirology on the town’s Batchen Street.

Moray MSP Richard Lochhead visits Linda Littlewood at her Batchen Street business Sirology as he welcomes the relaxation in Coronavirus lockdown restrictions...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..
Moray MSP Richard Lochhead visits Linda Littlewood at her Batchen Street business Sirology as he welcomes the relaxation in Coronavirus lockdown restrictions...Picture: Daniel Forsyth..

Linda admitted that trade on Monday was better than she expected.

“People definitely came up the street to see who was open and it was fine to see many of our regulars again,” she said.

One of the first visitors was Moray MSP Richard Lochhead, who has urged people to support local shops as they bid to recover from the impact of Covid-19.

Linda said they took the opportunity presented by the 12-week lockdown to give the store a fresh lick of paint and a revamp of the shelving.

They have also installed a protective screen around the main till area, introduced hand sanitiser and put safe distancing markers on the floor. They are only allowing one customer in the shop at any time.

Linda added: “The message going forward has got to be to support your local shops.”

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