Hull City Council is working alongside partners and city businesses to put in place guidance and protection to keep public spaces safe.
In the past few weeks, following changes in measures issued by Government, social distancing and public health guidance has appeared across the city centre.
Places such as Trinity Market have introduced one-way systems and extra safety measures such as hand sanitisers and social distancing guidance.
Traders such as Boss Burrito, Greko, Duffield Butchers, Chak and Sue’s Fruit and Veg, Falafia, Tart Me Up and Cocoa Chocolatier are all currently open in the market.
Councillor Daren Hale, portfolio holder for economic investment and regeneration, said; “We have to ensure that we do all we can to keep public spaces safe for those who wish to use them.
“This has to be a collective effort, working with partners and local businesses, who we’ve been in regular dialogue with discussing what things need to be in place so that businesses can return and welcome customers and staff back safely.”
In the city centre, the council is working with HullBID to support businesses and ensure key public health messages are clearly displayed and respected.
Businesses are being supplied with guidance as well as safety messages that can be displayed for customers.
Kathryn Shillito, Hull BID executive director, said: “It is crucial that our businesses are knowledgeable and prepared to welcome back staff and customers safely as the grip of lockdown is loosened.
“The support provided by HullBID, Hull City Council and other stakeholders has already helped many businesses through extremely tough times. Collectively we must now provide reassurance to the general public that the city centre provides a safe environment and is open for business.
“Partnership working has never been more important to enable Hull city centre to regain its position as a thriving environment.”
Thousands of litres of water has been flushed through parts of the city centre as part of a programme to cleanse the streets of Hull, which includes disinfectant sprayed on shop fronts and street furniture in Queen Victoria Square and Jameson Street.