Town centre changes during the coronavirus pandemic

Doncaster town centre is open but we ask that you follow the latest social distancing and public safety guidance.

Various changes have been brought into place in Doncaster Town Centre and our other towns to help people stay safe.

Lots of signage has gone up to highlight important safety messages like social distancing and we are asking people to use the left hand side of the busy streets and the main parts of the town centre to help people move around safely.

We did make the core part of the town centre pedestrian friendly to help with the social distancing but since August things have returned to normal in terms of traffic restrictions.

The only change people may not be familiar with is that Silver Street is one way from the High Street towards Sunny Bar and closed in the evening to support the night time economy. This was part of the Quality Streets regeneration scheme.

It is very important that people continue to follow the latest guidance on social distancing and other public safety measures. The latest information can be found at social distancing and public safety advice

We are supporting our business community with the guidance and keeping residents informed through our social media channels.

Please read the FAQs for more information and scroll down to see the new pedestrian zone.

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Frequently asked questions

Is the town centre open?

Town centre shops and businesses are open. When visiting, it's important that people follow the latest guidance on social distancing and public safety and observe the changes we have made to help keep themselves and others safe.

What are you doing to keep people safe?

The council is advising people to follow safe distancing measures with signage prominently displayed. We are also asking people to be aware of all the latest public safety messages.

Businesses will be implementing their own arrangements for protecting their staff and customers.

How will the ‘keep left’ pedestrian routes work?

Signage has gone up asking people to stay to the left hand side of streets and pedestrian areas and follow social distancing guidelines.

The routes will be similar to what supermarkets have introduced to help people move around keeping a safe distance from other people. 

How do you plan to pedestrianise the town centre and when will this happen?

The extended pedestrian zone has now been removed and traffic flows are back to how they were before the pandemic.

Are the car parks open?

Doncaster Council owned car parks are open. 

The council has increased cleansing at its car parks, but users are encouraged to make card payments if they can and observe social distancing when parking up and paying.

The locations of car parks can be found at: Car parking in Doncaster

What about blue badge holders?

The latest parking related information and locations of car parks can be found at: Car parking in Doncaster

What is the latest on public transport?

The government has eased restrictions on the use of public transport. Buses and trains are available but you need to check their timetables, routes and important safety advice.

More information on public transport can be found at:

Can you cycle into the town centre?

You can cycle to the town centre and park your bikes at dedicated cycle parks/bays but you cannot cycle through the town centre as that is a risk to pedestrians. You will need to walk with your bike in these areas.

The map below shows where you can park your bike:

Cycle parking locations map
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What are you doing to encourage active travel?

As part of a bid to encourage active travel, we are currently looking at opportunities for pop up cycle lanes that could be deployed quickly but safely. This would be complementary to the three cycle lanes that have recently been completed at Thorne Moorends, Auckley and Bennetthorpe. The future will see a significant expansion of active travel infrastructure through the £35m successful Transforming Cites Fund Programme, which is heavily populated with active travel schemes across the borough over the next three years. 

Are you keeping the town centre clean and tidy?

The council’s Street Scene team will be carrying out regular town centre cleanses.

Are toilets open?

The outer market toilets are open Monday to Saturday between 9am and 3pm.

Will businesses be complying with the latest Government guidance?

The council’s Business Doncaster team is working closely with businesses and town centre partners to ensure they are fully aware of the latest government guidance and any changes that the council are looking to introduce.

The council’s enforcement and trading standards teams are also working closely with businesses during the COVID-19 emergency by providing them with help, guidance and support and ensuring they are complying with latest Government rules.

Where can I find out more business related information?

Our Business Doncaster team has lots of important and useful information on its website:

What about the markets?

Doncaster and Mexborough Markets are open.

For more information and latest updates, please follow the markets on Facebook:

Doncaster Markets

Doncaster Wool Market

Mexborough Market

What is happening in Bawtry, Conisbrough, Mexborough, Tickhill and Thorne?

Signage has gone up in the main streets asking people to observe social distancing guidance.

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I want to go into Doncaster town centre for a meal or drink, is there anything I need to know?

It’s really important that you enjoy Doncaster town centre safely.

If you are thinking of coming into town for something to eat or drink please consider the following:

  • How will you get there and back?
  • If you plan to use a taxi, you may need to book one and find out about the safety arrangements they have in place, particularly if you are looking to share one.
  • You may want to consider booking a taxi for both legs of the journey (in and out of town) to ensure you don’t have a lengthy wait at the end of your night.
  • If you are using public transport please check timetables and safety requirements in advance.
  • If you plan to drive, look at the pedestrian zone map so you know where to park up.
  • You may need to pre-book to get into some of the bars and restaurants and some popular ones might be fully booked already (you may want to check before you turn up).
  • Remember to take a face covering with you as you may need it.
  • Take your bank card for contactless payments (some places may not accept cash)
  • Download any venue apps you may need for ordering food and drinks before you go in case they don’t have wifi.
  • Social distancing is still in place.

If you think about these things in advance you will have a lovely time. 

Please make sure you are aware of the latest government guidance.

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Last updated: 09 October 2020 12:39:58