Truro city is set to be re-opened on Monday, June 15. However, some of the streets in the city centre have been marked for temporary pedestrianisation ahead of the re-opening of the shops.
The city council reached at the decision after consulting Visit Truro and Truro’s BID (Business Improvement District). Cormac and Cornwall’s highways team were directed to help people get back to the high street. This will be done in line with the government’s directive on two-metre social distancing.
Some sections of the city will be pedestrianised from morning to evening. They include King Street, Boscawen Street, Duke Street, High Cross, River Street, St Nicholas Street, Lower Lemon Street, River Street, parts of Quay Street, and Pydar Street. These sections will be pedestrianised from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The council announced that the move is necessary to help shoppers queue at the shops comfortably while maintaining social distancing. The council further added that they are working together with Cornwall Council officials to devise additional measures and options for disabled parking.
Visit Truro prepared a downloadable map indicating the sections that will be pedestrianised. The map can be accessed from their website.
However, taxi rank along Boscawen Street will be operational. Taxis will be allowed to enter and exit through Princess Street. Additionally, buses will operate from Victoria Square as usual.
The residents were instructed to “keep left” as they walk through the streets in the city. The move will help coordinate the movements of people and maintain social distancing.
The council clarified that all the other streets in the city will not be affected. Therefore, shoppers and workers should carry on with their businesses as usual.
The council announced that they will provide enough signage to guide the people and remind them about the social distancing rule.