Malmesbury Town Council and the Malmesbury Town Team are working together to help support the high street and local businesses.

Following the government announcement of the phased reopening of shops, businesses and the hospitality sector on May 10, Malmesbury Town Council and the town team have been working to form the Retailer and Business Community Task Force.

This new task force will develop plans to ensure businesses in the town are safe and welcoming, while following rules on social distancing, when they are allowed to reopen.

A spokesman said: “We are taking expert advice and we are looking at widening some pavement areas, changing some parking arrangements and providing helpful signage.

“We expect to be submitting our initial plans to Wiltshire Council for their permission and action within the next week and would hope to be introducing some initial changes as quickly as possible.

“All actions would be on a trial basis.”

More details to follow.