MIL-OSI UK Cities: Social distancing barriers removed

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Source: City of Sunderland

WORK to remove social distancing barriers along some of Sunderland’s busiest streets is continuing as Covid restrictions are lifted.

The barriers were originally put in place to widen footpaths and allow pedestrians more space to distance themselves from each other, in line with Department for Transport and Central Government advice.

As restrictions started to ease, the red and white plastic barriers were removed from High Street West, Athenaeum Street and Fawcett Street in May this year.

Now barriers are also set to be removed from Holmeside, Vine Place and Newbottle Street, Houghton, as restrictions are lifted completely.

The last of the markers will be taken away from August 1.

Sunderland City Council will then evaluate the outcome of having the barriers in place and consult on longer term proposals for Holmeside. This will include improving crossing facilities and public transport provision and encouraging more people to walk or cycle to help meet the City’s carbon reduction targets and to improve the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors.

Most of the remaining barriers will be taken away in the evenings and over weekends in order to minimise disruption.

Leader of Sunderland City Council, Cllr Graeme Miller, said: “As we see all  Covid restrictions lifted, it is great to see more businesses welcoming back customers and our streets return to normal.

“While social distancing is no longer being enforced on our streets, it is important that we remember the virus is still in circulation and continue to stay safe and act responsibly as we move around the city.”

Please help to stop the virus spreading further by continuing to:

·      Wear a face covering indoors, particularly in crowded areas and on public transport to protect others, including our frontline workers who we all rely on

·      Wash your hands often and meet outdoors when you can or let fresh air in if you are inside

·      Test regularly when you don’t have symptoms and isolate immediately and get a PCR test if your home test is positive or if you have any symptoms, no matter how mild.

·      Get vaccinated as soon as you can and remember to get both doses.

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