New coronavirus safety measures receive positive feedback

The Council is thanking shoppers and businesses for their support in adhering to social distancing measures along Fleet Road.

From this week, parking bays between Church Road and Gurkha Square have been temporarily closed to promote safe shopping and support the business community as more retailers re-open.

The feedback has been very positive. Bruce Bulgin, Chairman of the Fleet Business Improvement District, said: “People told us that suspending on-street parking, social distancing and increased hygiene would make them feel more confident to shop in Fleet again and the Business Improvement District has supported businesses with free stickers and posters as well as providing hand sanitiser so that businesses can provide this for their customers.

“The parking bay suspensions on Fleet Road are welcome, allowing extra space and helping to manage queues as businesses re-open. As a town we are open for business, and residents and visitors can continue to support local businesses with confidence.” 

New signage is also being installed to further encourage shoppers to use the parking bays to queue or pass by others safely.

There will be an ongoing review of plans which will be updated based on government guidance.’

Councillor David Neighbour, Leader of Hart District Council, said: “We have been really pleased with the positive feedback we have received over the new measures. They are designed to allow visitors to shop confidently and safely and help promote Fleet’s economic recovery. 

“We would like to thank residents and businesses for supporting us by following social distancing and safety guidelines at all times to protect themselves, traders, retail staff, and other shoppers during this ongoing pandemic.”

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