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Safer centres Published: Thursday, 11th June 2020

We’re working to ensure Oldham Town Centre, district centres and public spaces are safe and welcoming as lockdown continues to ease. 

Councillor Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “We want people to visit our high streets once again to help kick-start the local economy, get people back to work and customers back to the shops.

“But it’s really important they are safe in the knowledge that they can do so while social distancing and protecting themselves and others. 

“This means we are all going to have to make changes to our daily routines including the way we travel, visit shops and carry out business. 

“Over the coming weeks and months, you’ll also see physical changes across the borough 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. Some street furniture will also be moved to help people move around.

We’ve also been helping businesses/market traders get ready for when they can begin trading safely. 

The government has given clear guidance to business owners on their responsibilities to be COVID secure before opening again. 

Neither Oldham Council or Greater Manchester Police have powers to enforce social distancing either within stores or outside them. Business owners are responsible for managing their customers as they queue outside.

All this ties in with the #SafeStreetsSaveLives campaign.

We want to see more people walking and cycling. So we can make this happen we’re being given up to £500,000 of funding by the Mayor of Greater Manchester, and £210,000 from the European Regional Development Fund project Reopening the High Street Safely to put measures in place so pedestrians and cyclists have more space and feel safer when travelling.

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