Truro will be reinstating its temporary city centre road closures when non-essential retail reopens next month.

The social distancing measures, which give residents and visitors space to shop, coincide with step 2 of the Government’s roadmap out of lockdown. The roadmap sets out the reopening of non-essential shops, outdoor hospitality and close contact services from April 12 at the earliest.

Truro’s main shopping streets will be traffic-free daily, Monday through to Sunday, from Monday 12 April during 11am until 3pm. The road closures will be in place until Sunday June 20 to coincide with step 4 of the Government’s roadmap, where covid-19 restrictions could end from June 21 at the earliest.

The temporary road closures were first put in place when Truro reopened in June last year after the first lockdown.

As well as the streets being traffic-free, the social distancing signage will be refreshed with more signs placed across the city to remind everyone to keep left in the direction that they are walking.

Truro Business Improvement District manager, Alun Jones, said: “We’re delighted that the Government’s roadmap sets out that many of Truro’s business can reopen from 12 April and we hope to see all of Truro’s businesses being able to reopen over the coming months.

“Truro’s great selection of independent and national businesses are getting ready to welcome everyone back and with the main city centre streets traffic-free you can enjoy space whilst you shop.”