Coronavirus safety measures in place across Barnsley’s high streets

Shoppers advised to be smart, and stay apart to help keep Barnsley moving

Temporary safety measures will be in place on high streets across Barnsley from Monday 15 June to keep shoppers safe and protect local businesses as non-essential retail starts to reopen.

Anyone visiting Barnsley town centre and local high streets across the borough will be asked to closely follow the temporary measures including guidance on social distancing, with shoppers advised to be smart, and stay apart to help keep Barnsley moving.

Other temporary measures include:

  • Social distancing floor stickers
  • Signs detailing safety guidance
  • Tannoy announcements in the town centre, reminding shoppers of social distancing measures
  • Limited use of public toilets
  • Flags marking queuing points in the town centre
  • Stickers on street furniture in the town centre advising shoppers to sit apart
  • Shoppers will be encouraged to keep to the left
  • Extra space in high footfall areas – this may include the suspension of some on street parking spaces
  • Staff on site to regularly monitor and assess the effectiveness safety measures in place
  • The temporary bridge over Jumble Lane crossing in the town centre will be managed by security staff

The above measures will be regularly reviewed as more retailers open and further government advice becomes available. Residents are asked to stay up-to-date on the latest government guidance and follow Barnsley Council’s social media platforms for regular updates.

While shoppers are encouraged to support local businesses and the local economy, they’re also advised to shop only if it’s essential and travel into the town centre by walking, cycling or using private transport due to restrictions in place on public transport.

For anyone travelling into the town centre through Barnsley Interchange, the interchange can only be accessed via the main entrance on Eldon Street. The Midland Street/Kendray Street entrance will be exit only. The interchange will also operate a one way system.

The council is working with local businesses across the borough to help them reopen safely. Shoppers are asked to remember to follow the guidance individual businesses have in place to keep everyone safe, and to be patient and kind to staff.

For more information on the safety measures in place, follow Barnsley Council on Facebook and Twitter. Click here to view a safety video.

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