Information for residents visiting town centres
Using public transport safely
Face coverings are required while using public transport in England. Wherever possible you should continue to avoid public transport and walk, cycle or drive, but for some people this may not be an option.
You should wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting your face covering on and after taking it off, and it is important that you don’t touch your face covering when wearing it, where possible, to avoid hand to mask transmission of the virus.
Face masks and PPE
On 24 July it was made mandatory to wear a face covering in shops, including supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies and post offices.
Customers must wear a face covering before entering any shop and keep it on until they leave. Those who fail to do so could be fined up to £100, or £50 if they pay within 14 days. The rules will be enforced by the police, not shop workers, and only as a last resort.
Shop workers do not have to wear coverings.
For more details on where and when you need to wear a covering please visit the government guidance.
The key thing with a face covering is it should cover the mouth and nose. For advice on making your own mask, follow the link below:
Making your own facemasks - GOV.UK website
If you are using disposable face coverings or other PPE such as gloves, please dispose of them properly to keep the district's streets clean and safe.
Follow signs and queuing systems
If you have visited our town centres, you will have seen physical changes to public spaces, which are designed to give us more space and keep us safe. These changes include a range of practical safety measures including new signs, street markings and temporary barriers.
Please adhere to any social distancing measures implemented, including queueing and one-way systems both inside and outside premises as well as across the public transport network.
Visiting shops and businesses
The government has given clear guidance to business owners on their responsibilities to be COVID secure before opening again.
Public Health England recommends trying to keep two metres away from people as a precaution. However, this is not a rule and the science is complex. The key thing is to not be too close to people for more than a short period of time, as much as you can.
It is your responsibility to keep yourself safe whilst visiting shops or other premises which are open.
Neither councils nor the police have powers to enforce social distancing either within stores or as part of any queuing systems before entry to shops.
Keep your hands and face as clean as possible
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.