Social distancing and town centre reopening

Non-essential retail businesses began to reopen in June, and more are opening in July. This page gives information and advice on how social distancing will work in our busiest areas.

Businesses will only reopen if they can meet COVID-19 safety guidelines.

Make sure to read up on the latest news releases, statements and updates.

Social distancing guide - keep left and keep your distance

Street signs and other measures will help you practice safe social distancing while shopping in our town centres.

Keeping our walkways clear

Extra measures in tight spots, guidance given to businesses and removal of street furniture

Report a problem with COVID19 safety measures

Use our online form to report an area in which people are unable to keep their distance from each other.

Markets, events and street entertainment

How we are managing markets, town centre events and street entertainment.


We're reopening some public toilets. This will happen gradually as staff are deployed and safety implications are met. We'll keep this list updated with details.


All public car parks except Undercliff Drive and Ferry Way are now open.

Street begging and rough sleeping

The council has taken extra measures to assist those who are street beggars or rough sleepers, while social distancing guidance is in place.


Emergency vehicle access and community safety patrols

Support and guidance for reopening a business

As lockdown restrictions begin to lift certain businesses will be able to reopen. BCP Council will support local businesses so that they can reopen safely.