A SAFE return to the city centre is a top priority for Cambridge City Council and its city centre management partners supporting the reopening of Cambridge shops, restaurants, bars and other visitor attractions following tomorrow’s lifting of the national lockdown.
The city council, Cambridge Business Improvement District, Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridgeshire Constabulary, Greater Cambridge Partnership and Stagecoach have been working together on practical steps to help shoppers, workers and visitors move around the city centre safely and conveniently, while maintaining social distancing.
City centre marshalls are now on hand seven days per week, day and night, offering help with queues and providing advice on social distancing and wayfinding.
Earlier this year the city council and its partners put in place measures to help make the city centre COVID safe for shoppers, workers and visitors and these remain in place as follows:
- Signs encouraging people to walk on the left to help with safe pedestrian flows on narrow pavements
- Social distancing floor stickers to help businesses manage queuing customers. These are also in place in multi-storey car parks to help people queue at payment machines and to guide access to and use of lifts and stairwells
- 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
- One-way access to narrow passageways such as All Saints Passage and Market Passage
- Pedestrian and cycle signage to help people navigate the city centre safely
Shoppers are encouraged to check the opening times of individual shops as some may be operating longer opening times to give people more flexibility about when they visit.
Booking tables at pubs, bars and restaurants is essential to avoid disappointment.
Cllr Rosy Moore, Executive Councillor for Climate Change, Environment and City Centre, said: “We know that the city centre will get busier as we head towards Christmas as people understandably want to visit shops that have been closed during the second lockdown.
“As it will be busier, it is even more important that we all keep Hands-Face-Space firmly in mind because those are the best things we can all do to keep each other safe.
“Our marshalls will be out and about to help people as they move around the city centre and I would encourage everyone to do their bit by washing hands, wearing a face covering and keeping to the left side of the street.”
Cllr Moore added: “Our businesses are coming out of what has been a really tough time and we are doing all we can to offer them help as they welcome shoppers back. Cambridge city centre is based on a medieval street pattern of narrow lanes and streets which means it will take even more effort from all of us to stay a safe distance from each other.
“I would encourage anyone travelling in to walk or cycle if they can, to book ahead for tables at bars and restaurants and consider choosing less busy times of the day to visit.”
Anyone using public transport should follow social distancing measures and the rules on use of face coverings.
All of the measures will be monitored on a continuous basis and will be adapted depending on their effectiveness and in response to changes in national guidance or tier status. Cambridge, along with neighbouring districts in the East of England, is coming out of lockdown at Tier 2 of the government’s regional tier system for England.