CHESHIRE East Council has released street plans showing social distancing awareness signs and temporary road closures which are due to be introduced by June 15.

The signs and closures are part of a range of measures being brought in to protect people and support local businesses in 16 towns and larger villages ready for high street lockdown restrictions being lifted.

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The measures will be under constant review once implemented, and may be further tailored to meet local circumstances. The temporary measures include the following.

Social distancing awareness signs at bus and rail stations and at bus stops.

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Signs and pavement markings to raise awareness of the need to social distance. 

Localised temporary road closures in town centres, where there is expected to be high footfall and extra space is needed for pedestrians and queuing at shops. 

Increased pedestrian or cycle access in some town centres through adjustments to traffic restrictions. 

Temporary closure of a small number of town centre car parks, where access to these compromises the space available for social distancing.

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Temporary suspension of some parking spaces and lay-bys, where these can provide extra space for widening footpaths to help pedestrians respect social distancing rules.

A council spokesman said: "Whilst we cannot guarantee that the public adheres to guidance on social distancing, we are keen to help residents and business communities come out of lockdown safely, ensuring that public health is protected.

Knutsford Guardian:

"Our priority is to protect people and our local businesses. Our measures support walking and cycling – which many people have enjoyed much more of during the lockdown and is good for our environment and people’s health and wellbeing.

"These temporary arrangements may disrupt the travel patterns of some residents and visitors, but they are necessary to protect everyone, especially those who will be using the shops when the government allows them to open.

Knutsford Guardian:

"We will maintain essential access for servicing businesses and residential properties throughout the closures.

"We are working on additional measures to support active travel during the recovery stages after lockdown. In the next stage we seek to deliver measures outside of town centres to improve access for pedestrians and cyclists.

Knutsford Guardian:

"All of these plans are indicative and subject to change during setting out on site."

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