13 Jun Safer High Streets
Safer High Streets
Tewkesbury Borough Council is preparing to make the borough’s high streets safer as non-essential retail stores prepare to reopen from 15 June.
Following the government’s announcement that all non-essential retail stores can reopen, the council has begun collaborating with Gloucestershire County Council (GCC) and Gloucestershire Constabulary to ensure that three of the borough’s busiest high streets have measures in place to allow for social distancing.
The council, in partnership with the county’s highways team, has identified three high streets in Tewkesbury Borough where footfall is highest and pavement space is most limited: Tewkesbury town, Winchcombe and Bishop’s Cleeve. These high streets present the potential for significant difficulties for social distancing, so temporary measures will be put in place to support shoppers’ efforts to maintain a 2m distance from others. These measures include a mixture of widening walkways, introducing one way systems for pedestrians, and physically marking out 2m distances. There will also be volunteers on hand to signpost those who might need help navigating the new arrangements.