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Cambridge City Council

Check the latest coronavirus information, including what support is available and how it has affected our services

Coronavirus: Visiting the city centre

Non-essential shops and businesses are required to close during the national lockdown. If you do need to visit the city centre, please regard the information below.

We and our partners have put in place a range of safety measures to support social distancing in the city centre.

The practical measures will help you visit, shop or work in the city centre safely and conveniently. 

If you’re using public transport during the coronavirus outbreak, check the provider’s website and the government’s guidance on safe travel before you travel. Our travel to Cambridge webpage provides links to public-transport providers.

We have introduced the following measures around the city centre:

  • City centre marshalls helping businesses and the police
  • Widened footways along part of Regent Street using temporary barriers
  • Advisory vehicle restrictions on Market Hill to allow safe operation of the market
  • Pedestrian areas and one-way systems with enforcement of traffic restrictions
  • Signs encouraging you to walk on the left to help with safe pedestrian flows on narrow pavements
  • One-way access to narrow passageways such as All Saints Passage and Market Passage
  • New pedestrian and cycle signage to help you navigate the city centre safely
  • Social-distancing floor stickers to help businesses manage queuing customers. These are also in place in multi-storey car parks to help you queue at payment machines and to guide access to and use of lifts and stairwells

We’ll monitor these measures and adapt them when necessary improve them and meet changing guidance.