As lockdown restrictions continue to ease, plans are being put in place to help create a COVID-safe resort and ensure social distancing measures can be followed in Cleethorpes.
In the run-up to the Easter break and beyond, the following measures will be put in place from Monday 29 March:
- The daily closure of the Central Promenade, 7am to 7pm, to vehicles, except for business and emergency access
- The first section of parking bays on the North Promenade will be fully closed with concrete barriers in place
- Public toilets in the resort will be open but with additional measures in place to ensure safe queue management and additional cleaning.
- Provision of outside hand sanitising facilities.
- Additional cleaning of high exposure surfaces such as litter bins
- Continued support and advice to local businesses, with enforcement continued to be used as the last option.
- Digital signage at Hewitt’s Circus, Lockhill roundabout and Meridian Showground, promoting key safety messages, encouraging people to adhere to the rules and advising on car park capacity.
The closure of the Central Promenade to vehicle traffic and a section of bays on the North Promenade is essential due to the high levels of pedestrian footfall in these areas at busy times. The closures will provide the space needed for pedestrians to circulate and social distance in a safe manner.
A review of the successful measures in place during 2020 has been undertaken and these proposals have been developed with affected businesses and stakeholders’ requirements in mind.
Officers will continue to engage with stakeholders and businesses affected by the measures, supporting them as much as possible and providing regular updates.
No measures are currently being proposed for Sea View Street, St Peter’s Avenue, Cleethorpes Market Place, Grimsby Town Centre or Immingham Town Centre, but these and other areas will be kept under review.
North East Lincolnshire Council and its regeneration partner, ENGIE, will be monitoring the situation closely and will take further action where and when required. The Council and ENGIE are both committed to supporting local businesses and the economy, balancing this with the needs of public health and safety by following the guidance set by Public Health who are funding these temporary measures for the North and Central Promenade.
People are being urged to enjoy the resort in a safe way to protect themselves and others.
Those spending time in Cleethorpes, and along the seafront, are reminded to adhere to Government guidance by regularly washing or sanitising their hands, keeping a distance from others not in their household or support bubble, and wearing a face covering when required to do so.
From 29 March, as restrictions begin to ease further, people will be able to meet outdoors in groups of up to six people, or two households. Indoor mixing outside of your household or support bubble is still not allowed.
People should continue to minimise their journeys.
Full guidance on what you can and cannot do can be found at www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-response-spring-2021/covid-19-response-spring-2021-summary
If you have a new, continuous cough, a high temperature, or a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste, get a test as soon as possible and stay at home until you get the result.
Visit the NHS website for advice: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus.