SHOPS across Somerset selling non-essential goods are preparing to open their doors today (Monday) for the first time in almost three months.

Town centres are set to look very different to how they were before lockdown as retailers bring in strict safety measures to minimise the risk of the spread of Covid-19.

Traders will be hoping to bring back the customers after seeing many businesses grind to a halt during the crisis.

But Prime Minister Boris Johnson has urged customers to "shop with customers" and help boost the economy.

Many shops will be introducing social distancing measures and one-way systems, while some customers are expected to wear face masks.

Taunton Chamber of Commerce has tweeted: "As non-essential retail premises are allowed to reopen from today, we urge you to support local independent businesses."

A Somerset West and Taunton Council spokesman said: "The team at SWT have been busy preparing our high streets for their safe reopening today.

"If you pop into any of our local towns, please remember to stay 2m (6ft) away from people outside of your household and regularly wash your hands."

The council has put up signs around Taunton reminded shoppers to maintain social distancing and other measures to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

yed open, vast swathes of the High Street, from bookshops to clothes outlets, have been closed since 23 March.