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Changes to how you shop in Colchester

We have been working with key partners, including Our Colchester’s Business Improvement District (BID), to ensure Colchester Town Centre is as safe as possible to visit. Many measures have been put in place using the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund which is providing £50 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to councils across England to support the safe reopening of high streets and other commercial areas, with Colchester able to claim up to £174,002 in total before June 2021.

What to expect if you need to visit the town centre

  • Signage has been added on pavements to remind shoppers about the importance of social distancing when queuing and moving around the town centre.
  • Barriers will be in place to ensure social distancing can be followed.
  • Hand sanitiser stations have been installed around the town, in car parks and at bus stations.
  • Neighbourhood Wardens and Our Colchester BID Street Ambassadors have been deployed to aid with stewarding and supporting the public and businesses.
  • Essex County Council has introduced some interim traffic measures to create more shared space for walking and cycling. A 20mph limit, temporary barriers and signs providing shared spaces have been introduced on the High Street, Queen Street/St Botolph’s, Head Street, St Johns Street and other town centre roads, and on the vital corridor between the main rail station and town centre, including North Station Road and North Hill. Essex County Council website has a full map and details about its Safer, Greener, Healthier scheme.

How to keep yourself safe in Colchester town

  • Plan your visit, including how your will travel to the town centre.
  • Always follow signage and keep left when walking.
  • Clean your hands regularly at the provided hand sanitiser stations or use your own hand sanitiser.
  • Follow shop procedures, including queuing guidelines.

Page last reviewed: 12 April 2021