Town centre reopening updates

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Introduction

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement regarding plans to restart the economy and ease lockdown restrictions over a planned period, Bassetlaw District Council is working with retailers and market traders to assist wherever possible with the phased reopening of shops and stalls in our town centres.

Safety

The safety of those who live, work and shop in our town centres is the council’s number one priority. Over the next couple of weeks, people visiting our town centres will start to see a number of physical changes in advance of more market stalls opening, from mid to late June and shops from Monday 15 June.

Signage and safe queuing

Signage will be visible around the town centre to advise shoppers where to queue outside individual shops, toilets and on our markets. Please look out for the Green queuing markers and keep two metres apart.

There will also be signs in other areas such as our car parks and green spaces reminding people to follow social distancing guidelines keeping two metres apart from anyone outside of their household, and not to congregate in groups.

Social distancing street sign using our public toilets poster please queue here poster

Town Centre cleaning

Our town centres will see an enhanced cleaning regime and residents may notice staff spraying high footfall areas. We will be cleaning high contact points such as bins, benches and the buttons on pedestrian crossings. We will also be installing temporary hand sanitising dispensers in Worksop, Retford and Harworth town centres over the next few weeks.

Toilets

Our public toilets at Chancery Lane in Retford will reopen on the 17th June. The refurbishment works on our public toilets on Bridge Street in Worksop will mean they reopen on the 24th June. Due to Coronavirus, we will not be introducing the 20p pay gates at the Bridge Street toilets until later in the year.

Our public toilets are cleaned and inspected throughout the day. It is essential that users follow the guidance given to keep themselves and others safe. Please maintain a safe distance of 2 metres from others when entering, waiting or leaving public toilets. If on entry individuals are unable to maintain social distancing, please wait in the designated queuing area, keeping 2 metres apart from others and avoid blocking the entrance. Some cubicles may also be closed for safety, please do not use if they are closed.

View our Risk Assessment Report for the opening of the public toilets in Retford and Worksop (pdf - This document may not be suitable for users with assistive technology. Request an accessible format).

Markets

Retford Market is currently trading on Thursdays and Saturdays. The Council has worked with traders, retailers and partners including the emergency services and the County Council to re-open the market so that it meets the Government’s Covid Secure guidelines.

Worksop Market is currently trading on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Council has worked with traders, retailers and partners including the emergency services and the County Council to re-open the market so that it meets the Government’s Covid Secure guidelines.

View our Risk Assessment Report for the reinstatement of markets in Retford and Worksop (pdf - This document may not be suitable for users with assistive technology. Request an accessible format).

Travelling to our town centres

Walking and Cycling

Bassetlaw District Council is encouraging those who are employed in the town centres and residents to cycle or walk into the town centre, wherever possible.

Public Transport

The Government guidance states that you should wear a face covering on public transport. https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-safer-travel-guidance-for-passengers.

Bus Stations

Worksop Bus Station - information about the station, opening times and new measures in place across the station.

Retford Bus Station - information about the station, opening times and new measures in place across the station.

For information on Bus routes and FAQs please visit Stagecoach’s Coronavirus Pages.

Train Stations

Worksop train station - Northern Rail and East Midlands Railway, find out about train times, new measures and changes in services.

Retford train station - Northern Rail and LNER - find out about train times, new measures and changes in services.

Town Centre Parking

Parking enforcement will re-commence on the 15th June across all Council owned Car Parks. However, car parking charges remain suspended for all NHS and Social Care staff who have registered for the free parking permit.

Working in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council, a free parking permit is available for NHS and social care workers and anyone providing direct support helping unwell and vulnerable people in their communities, including emergency service workers, community volunteers, frontline transport workers, and local authority staff. To apply visit Nottinghamshire County Council's website.

Our ticket machines are sanitised twice a day. Members of the public can also pay for parking via their smartphone through Ringo. This avoids the need to carry or handle loose change or physically touch the car park ticket machines. For more information visit pay for parking by phone.

Reopened shops

Find out which shops have reopened in either Retford, Worksop or Harworth:


Last Updated on Thursday, October 29, 2020