With many retailers and restaurants now being open, a number of initiatives have been implemented to ensure Southampton city centre is a safe, comfortable place to visit. The city might look a little different to before so on this page you'll find some helpful information and updates to help you have an enjoyable visit.
Throughout the city centre, you will start to see floor markers to help you follow social distancing guidelines whilst queuing outside stores. These have been installed for your safety and to help minimise the spread of coronavirus.
You may also notice:
Preparations for the safe reopening of Southampton city centre have been jointly managed by GO! Southampton and Southampton City Council. Similar measures are also being put in place in selected district centres. You can read more about these measures here.
To help ensure Southampton is a safe and enjoyable place for all to visit, please follow both government advice and regulations, and local guidance in the city.
When shopping, please:
As of 24 July, it is mandatory to wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets, unless you have a medical reason not to. Please be aware that shops can refuse your entry if you do not comply and the Police can fine you up to £100. You can find out how to wear and make your own face covering here.
In line with national guidance, pubs, restaurants and cafes are allowed to reopen from Saturday 4 July, provided they have taken appropriate safety measures, however not all businesses are choosing to open yet and for those that do, customers should be prepared for changes compared with pre-lockdown.
If you’re planning to visit Southampton’s pubs, restaurants and cafes please:
As well as the hospitality sector, hairdressers and barbershops are also approved to reopen from 4 July, on an appointment-only basis and with necessary safety measures in place. Hotels and guest accommodation can also begin to reopen from Saturday but like other sectors, many are taking a phased approach so please check with individual businesses on their reopening plans and procedures.
Over the last few months, a dedicated cleaning team has been working hard to ensure our city centre is ready for businesses to open and visitors and residents to return. The cleaning team is disinfecting high contact areas of the city centre with antiviral spray on a daily rotation. This includes all public furniture such as benches, fingerposts and bins as well as ATMs, phone boxes and gates. They are also cleaning contact areas of car parks such as handrails, lifts and ticket machines. The cleaning team is provided by GO! Southampton in partnership with Southampton City Council.
You should still continue to wash your hands and use hand sanitiser regularly.
Over the last month, many non-essential retailers have opened in line with Government guidance. Not all shops will choose to open straight away, and many national retailers are opening stores in selected locations initially as a trial before rolling out reopening nationally. The city centre market is now back up and running, you'll find them in front of the Bargate.
To avoid disappointment, please check with individual businesses for reopening dates, current opening times and any specific measures they may have put in place. For a list of shops that are open in Westquay please check their website here.
Where possible and appropriate, walking and cycling to and around Southampton is encouraged. If you are using public transport remember that face masks must be worn when travelling and providers will be operating with reduced capacities in order to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Please check with individual providers for more details.