Northwich prepares to reopen the high street

11 June 2020

Northwich is getting ready to see the re-opening of more shops and welcome the return of shoppers.

Following the announcement by the Government of the next phase of re-opening businesses, plans are being put in place to ensure that the return of more shops and visitors to the town is a safe and enjoyable experience.

Feeling safe and town centre cleanliness were the two key themes from residents following a survey by the Northwich BID to gauge community feelings about returning to the Town Centre.

Northwich BID/Groundwork are working closely with local businesses to support with the re-opening process by signposting them to a One Stop Shop advice service for secure safe opening.  

Savills, managers of Baron’s Quay for the Council are finalising a re-opening strategy to include: management of footfall around the site, one-way systems, lifts, cleaning regimes, signage and wayfinding. 

Highways signs have been in place around Northwich for the past week reminding residents and visitors that the virus hasn’t gone away and keeping two metres social distancing is still vital to manage COVID-19. 

This week further signs will be attached to lamp posts, reminding about social distancing.

Further signs and floor vinyl’s will carry the message ‘Stay Safe’, ‘Be Kind’, and ‘Keep your social distance’.

Some of the key elements being introduced are:
  • signage and floor markings in place for guidance 
  • an enhanced cleansing regime. Town Centre Cleansing is being co-ordinated collaboratively between Cheshire West and Chester Council and Northwich Town Council, there will be a regular review to ensure that high standards are met as expected by the Northwich visitors
  • new signs have been brought into Northwich as a reminder that social distancing of two metres is still in place, at narrow points like the bridges, pedestrian give way signs are also in place 
  • the Council and BID will be monitoring queuing systems in the town centre 
All benches and bins will remain in place and people will be asked to play their part by maintaining social distancing and showing consideration to others. 

Shop owners will be assessing the safety of customers and managing the numbers of people within their shop at any one time and the Council will be providing support to business owners as required. 

Plans will remain under review to ensure that measures are in place to maintain the safety of residents and businesses. 

Councillor Karen Shore, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Cheshire West and Chester Council said: “This is the first phase of reopening Northwich Town Centre. We will be monitoring the town centre recovery and later phases will depend on how residents and visitors start moving around the town centre after 15 June.”

Jane Hough, Northwich BID Manager said: “We are pleased to work with Cheshire West and Chester Council, Northwich Town Council and Barons Quay to ensure that visitors to Northwich feel safe and welcome when they arrive in the town.  The businesses in Northwich who have been given permission to open on 15 June are working on their plans and are putting plans in place to support social distancing measures in their shops and premises and we are all looking forward to welcoming people back into the town. 

“We will continue to work with our businesses in the hospitality and leisure industry who we hope will be able to open as soon as the government feel it is safe to do so”.

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