New signs will soon appear in Hull city centre in a bid to keep people apart as the coronavirus pandemic rages on.
Shops are set to gradually reopen in the coming weeks despite concerns in some quarters over the potential for a second wave of Covid-19.
To tackle the increased risk more contact brings, steps are being taken in Hull to remind shoppers that they must stick to being 2m apart.
New signs thanking the public for “playing your part” are soon to be installed across the city centre, while shopkeepers will also receive fresh guidance on how to deal with customers.
A one way system has already been put in place in Trinity Market to try to curb any potential spread of the disease as customers go about their business.
Stalls including Boss Burrito, Greko, Duffield Butchers, Chak and Sue’s Fruit and Veg, Falafia, Tart Me Up and Cocoa Chocolatier have all already opened up thanks to the new measures, which also include hand sanitiser being made readily available.
Businesses and HullBID have teamed up with the council to make sure the city can safely get back to trading as soon as possible.
Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment and regeneration, said: “We have to ensure that we do all we can to keep public spaces safe for those who wish to use them.
“This has to be a collective effort, working with partners and local businesses, who we’ve been in regular dialogue with discussing what things need to be in place so that businesses can return and welcome customers and staff back safely.”
In the city centre, the council is working with HullBID to support businesses and make sure public health messages are clearly displayed.
Kathryn Shillito, Hull BID executive director, said: “It is crucial that our businesses are knowledgeable and prepared to welcome back staff and customers safely as the grip of lockdown is loosened.
“The support provided by HullBID, Hull City Council and other stakeholders has already helped many businesses through extremely tough times.
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“Collectively we must now provide reassurance to the general public that the city centre provides a safe environment and is open for business.
“Partnership working has never been more important to enable Hull city centre to regain its position as a thriving environment.”
Last week, thousands of litres of water was also flushed through some of the city centre’s major streets to cleanse them.
Disinfectant was sprayed on shop fronts, as well as on street furniture in Queen Victoria Square and Jameson Street.