Signs to help social distancing in Reigate & Banstead town centres

Mock-up of one of the floor markings in Reigate town centre

Social distancing signs and markings will appear in Reigate, Redhill and other town centres as part of a ‘Shop Safe, Shop Local’ initiative by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council.

The move follows the Government announcement that non-essential shops can reopen from Monday 15 June, having been closed during the coronavirus lockdown.

With the continued need to maintain social distancing, the council says that the signs and markings will be aimed at showing shoppers the safest way to use crossings and pavements.

Brightly coloured graphics at eye and floor level will also highlight where social distancing may not work, such as blind corners and narrow alleyways.

In some council car parks, notices will remind shoppers that only one household can be in a lift at one time.

Councillor Eddy Humphreys, executive member for business and economy, said: “Our high streets are at the centre of our local economy.

“It’s important for our local businesses that shoppers are encouraged back to the high street – and we want them to do so with confidence.

“However social distancing remains essential to the safety of shoppers, and we hope these markers will help to keep the message at the forefronts of people’s minds and alert them to a ‘new normal’ when it comes to high street etiquette.”

The new signs and markings are expected to be in place by the end of June.  Similar signage is also being prepared for the borough’s green spaces.

Reigate & Banstead Borough Council has said that the scheme “complements the work being prepared by Surrey County Council in Reigate town centre to encourage residents to walk and cycle where possible”.

Another mock-up of a floor marking
Mock-up of a pavement in Banstead
Mock-up of a sign in Banstead