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Signs pointing the safe way forward in Gloucester

Signs and stickers are appearing around Gloucester to help keep shoppers and workers safe as they begin returning to the city centre.

Ahead of non-essential retailers reopening on Monday amid further relaxation of the coronavirus restrictions Gloucester City Council has worked with partners including the Gloucester BID to help people stay safe.

Stencils and stickers on the ground will remind people to keep their distance from those outside their household with signs helping to ensure other guidance is followed in public.

The city centre and Eastgate, King's Walk and Gloucester Quays shopping centres will have the advice ready for when indoor retail spaces open again.

Councillor Dawn Melvin, cabinet member for economic recovery and growth, said: "We know that retailers are keen to get back to business and we appreciate everything they're doing to ensure they have proper safety and hygiene measures in place to protect their staff and customers.

"Shoppers in the city also have a responsibility to follow the guidance which will help control the spread of Coronavirus.

"That's why we've worked collaboratively on getting these signs and stickers in place throughout Gloucester's centre to help everyone be safe in our city."

The city centre has been regularly cleaned throughout lockdown and will undergo two deep cleans before June 15.

There will also be increased cleaning of benches and bins in the coming weeks.

Gloucester BID chairman Kieron Bate said: "It has been very difficult for so many of our local businesses throughout the lockdown.

"While we know many are chomping at the bit to reopen, we all have a part to play in doing it in a way that reduces the spread of COVID-19.

"This is the first step to getting retail in the city up and running again, which will hugely help our local economy."

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