Social distancing measures to start being reduced in town centres

Measures put in place to widen walkways in town centres across the borough and aid social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic will start to come down from this week.

Barriers were installed using Covid response funding from the European Union to widen walkways in town centres and make it easier for people to get around.

But with infection rates reducing, council bosses have decided to start removing the physical measures to free up parking space and support traders and shoppers. Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for public realm, said:

"The focus of these measures was to support social distancing in the town centre and prevent the spread of coronavirus, however rates are now reducing locally and nationally.

"We feel it is time to remove some of the interventions to free up parking space and support passing trade for businesses. I would like to thank traders for playing their part to help protect residents of the borough during what was an unprecedented time.

"It is important to continue to follow government guidance, and in particular to remain extra cautions when indoors at public places. As a council we will be keeping a close eye on local infection rates."

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