Cars To Be ‘Socially Distanced’ From Some Towns

Wed 1st Jul 2020

Some of the UK’s most popular tourist destinations could become car-free over the next few months as councils look at extreme measures to allow pedestrians to socially distance.

With hotels, B&Bs, bars and restaurants set to reopen across England from Saturday July 4th, many holiday towns are preparing for an influx of visitors - but many are not designed to social distance.

The small, meandering streets of Cornwall may make for a picturesque setting, but according to the decision makers at St. Ives council, the streets aren’t big enough to socially distance if cars are a part of the equation, and with that in mind cars will be banned.

“If we lift all safety measures we could be back to where we were in February,” a council statement said. “Many businesses in the town might not survive a second lockdown. That is why the best way to support the economy is by ensuring that the town is a safe place for local people and visitors.

“The streets in the town centre are narrow and, in the busy summer months, there are hundreds of people moving on foot. Even in a normal year pedestrians are in conflict with vehicles, crushing on to the pavements to allow them to pass. It is very difficult to maintain social distancing even to one metre plus.”

St. Ives is not the only popular tourist destination to take the decision to ban cars, Falmouth and Truro will be operating similar schemes, with Falmouth closing a number of streets for set periods of the day.