We encourage everyone to remember the importance of socially responsible behaviours to keep you and your families safe from COVID-19. Symptoms may present similarly to those of the common cold/flu, and so following these key health behaviours is vital. Airborne transmission is crucial as this is how the virus spreads, so think about measures you can take to stop this from happening.
All businesses in every sector remain open with no capacity restrictions. This includes shops, restaurants, bars, health & beauty businesses, gyms, cinemas, theatres, galleries, indoor leisure facilities and hotels. What's more, all of Southampton's nightclubs, bars and music venues will be able to reopen, some for the first time this year.
To help ensure Southampton is a safe and enjoyable place for everyone, please consider the following before visiting the city:
Where possible and appropriate, walking and cycling to and around Southampton is encouraged and you may wish to wear a face covering, although it is not currently compulsory. Southampton City Council has partnered with Voi on a new e-scooter pilot scheme which is a great way to get around the city for short journeys, find out more here.
A dedicated cleaning team, provided by GO! Southampton and Southampton City Council, has been working hard to ensure our city centre is safe for businesses to open and visitors/residents to return. The cleaning team is disinfecting high contact areas of the city centre with antiviral spray on a daily rotation which includes 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. You should still continue to wash your hands and use hand sanitiser regularly.
Some of the safety measures have been implemented using some of the £225,000 from the England European Regional Development Fund. This marketing campaign aims to reassure, encourage and inspire residents in Southampton and the surrounding areas to visit the city which is safe and ready for their return. Visit Southampton and Southampton City Council will also be using some of the grant funding to amplify these messages through paid-for channels, such as: digital, local press, radio and leaflet drops. We will publish outcomes and results on this page once the campaign comes to an end.