Information for residents visiting town centres
Following the government’s announcement that non-essential retail will be allowed to reopen from today (15th June), staff from Ilfracombe Town Council have been out on the streets of Ilfracombe taking the necessary steps to keep our residents safe while helping businesses to reopen and restart the local economy.
Using public transport safely
From 15 June, face coverings will be required while using public transport in England. Wherever possible you should continue to avoid public transport and walk, cycle or drive, but for some people this may not be an option.
You should wash your hands or use hand sanitiser before putting your face covering on and after taking it off, and it is important that you don’t touch your face covering when wearing it, where possible, to avoid hand to mask transmission of the virus.
Face masks and PPE
You can make your own face masks. The key thing is it should cover the mouth and nose, follow the link below:
Making your own facemasks – GOV.UK website
If you are using disposable face coverings or other PPE such as gloves, please dispose of them properly to keep the borough’s streets clean and safe.
Follow signs and queuing systems
Over the coming weeks and months, you’ll see physical changes across the district so we all have more space and feel safe. These changes will include a range of practical safety measures including new signs, street markings and temporary barriers.
Please adhere to any social distancing measures implemented, including queueing and one-way systems both inside and outside premises as well as across the public transport network.
Visiting shops and businesses
The government has given clear guidance to business owners on their responsibilities to be COVID secure before opening again.
Public Health England recommends trying to keep two metres away from people as a precaution. However, this is not a rule and the science is complex. The key thing is to not be too close to people for more than a short period of time, as much as you can.
It is your responsibility to keep yourself safe whilst visiting shops or other premises which are open.
Neither councils nor the police have powers to enforce social distancing either within stores or as part of any queuing systems before entry to shops.
Keep your hands and face as clean as possible
Wash your hands often using soap and water and dry them thoroughly.
Where available, use sanitiser outside your home, especially as you enter a building and after you have had contact with surfaces.
Avoid touching your face.