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Welcome Back to Nuneaton & Bedworth Town Centres & Markets!

Published on Thursday, 11th June 2020

Town centre social distancing measures

We would like to welcome people back to our town centres and assure you we are doing all we can to make it a safe and pleasant environment for you to enjoy.

In line with the relaxation of Covid-19 lockdown measures issued by central Government, non-essential retail stores will be able to open from Monday 15 June.  To help create a safe shopping environment and support our town centres businesses, the Borough Council is implementing a number of measures designed to help maintain social distancing.

These temporary interventions in areas of highest footfall include: the introduction of a marked two way pedestrian movement system throughout the core town centres areas, pavement stickers to assist social distancing and town centre Ambassadors to provide support and guidance.

The pedestrian area of both town centres will be closed to all traffic movement between 9am and 6pm to help provide a safe pedestrian area and support the measures to be put in place. We will be working in partnership with Warwickshire County Council on traffic management to ensure the system is safe for pedestrians and road users.

All car parks and public toilets will be open from Monday, with the exception of Harefield Road Car Park which is still being used periodically to support Covid-19 mobile testing. 

Not all non-essential shops are reopening immediately, but may be providing additional services either online or via telephone. Some shops are offering appointment systems for a one-to-one approach or takeaway / delivery services and may need to be contacted in advance.

A brand new section of the town centres website is being launched next week to provide details of any trading restrictions for stores and as a point of contact for local business to access support.

Bedworth Market is planned to reopen from Tuesday 16 June and Nuneaton Market is planned to reopen on Wednesday 24 June with a new layout to support social distancing measures.

Cllr Julie Jackson, Leader of Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council said:

“We are delighted to be able to reopen our town centres and have worked hard at implementing measures to support businesses and ensure the safety of all visitors. We would like to reassure people that we continue to follow Government guidelines around Coronavirus and that public safety as well as that of our staff remains our utmost priority.”

Tips for returning into our town centres:

Travel safely and plan your visit

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms. Please maintain and follow social distancing guidance, particularly at the bus station, car parks and taxi ranks. If at all possible, plan your visit in advance and allow extra time for potential queuing. You should wear a face covering on public transport, safer travel guidance for passengers can be found here.

Follow the signage and queuing guidelines

Both Nuneaton and Bedworth town centres will be pedestrianised between 9am and 6pm daily. This allows for greater social distancing and safety. Use your judgement if you need to take a narrow route and always assess whether you can do so safely.

The town centres will have signage to indicate pedestrian movement and queueing systems. Please take notice and follow these measures. Individual businesses will be responsible for managing their own spaces and shops may have different rules because of their own particular space requirements.

Keep your hands and face as clean as possible and wear a mask or face covering

The World Health Organisation recommend the wearing of masks in public places. Guidance on how to wear and make own face covering can be found here

Be aware of the surfaces you touch. Be careful not to touch your face. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing.

Wash your hands often using soap and water, and dry them thoroughly. Where available, use sanitiser outside your home, especially as you enter a building and after you have had contact with surfaces. Avoid touching your face. Contactless payment will be the preferred payment for most retailers. A mobile card payment system is available in all our surface car parks.

We are increasing cleaning regimes throughout our car parks, public toilets and bus stations.

Government guidance for staying safe outside your home can be found here

Support local businesses

This pandemic has presented a challenge to each and every business in the town centre. The reopening process will be a learning curve. Help our businesses, if you feel they could improve their offering to make your experience more enjoyable, please do let them know. Consider supporting local eateries - many are running takeaway services that would love your support. We ask for your understanding and support during these challenging times for our town centres and business community.

Stay alert

We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.