Preparing the town centre for when lockdown eases

Most of Doncaster town centre is still not open and we continue to ask people not to visit unless it’s absolutely necessary to do so.

The Government announced that it hoped to ease the lockdown restrictions in the coming weeks and months and to make sure we are prepared for this, we are introducing a number of changes in the town centre.

These changes will help people follow guidance on social distancing and other public safety measures. The changes are 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 have made the core part of the town centre pedestrian friendly with traffic restrictions in place from 10.30am to 4pm every day and we also have town centre ambassadors out and about to help and advise people.

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

COVID 19 Stay 2m apart Street Sign COVID 19 Keep Your Distance Street Sign

Frequently asked questions

Is the town centre open?

At the moment most of the town centre shops and businesses remain closed and we would encourage people to only visit the town centre if they really do have to.

What are you doing to keep people safe?

The council will be 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.

Other arrangements will be introduced including asking people to keep left as part of dedicated pedestrian routes. We will also pedestrianise the busy parts of the town centre.

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

How will the ‘keep left’ pedestrian routes work?

We will be putting signage 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?

We will pedestrianise the core parts of the town centre between 10.30am and 4pm, seven days a week. Delivery vehicles will have access outside these times and emergency vehicles will have access at all times.

Pedestrian friendly areas will help people walk to where they need to safely and make it easier to observe social distancing rules. 

Map showing traffic restrictions and the town centre pedestrian zone

These changes should be in place on Wednesday 20 May.

Will toilets be open and where can we wash our hands?

As the latest government advice is not to open toilet facilities, people may not be able to clean and wash their hands regularly when in the town centre. People will need to be aware of this and if they have to come in, they are asked to bring tissues and hand sanitisers with them. Face coverings are also being recommended if people anticipate going into an enclosed public space.

Do you plan to monitor the town centre to ensure people are observing guidance?

Town Centre ambassadors will be out and about to help and advise people, while police officers will look to ensure people are observing the safe distancing rules and not gathering in groups.

Are the car parks open?

Doncaster Council owned car parks (except the Colonnades car park) are open, but access may be required via a different route, please see the map of the road closures for information.

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?

To make it easier for disabled residents to access the town centre, they can now park for free in any parking space in all of the council’s car parks when displaying their blue badge.

We are also amending Duke Street to provide further disabled parking.

The free parking for blue badge holders in council car parks is available immediately and the changes on Duke Street should be effective from 1 June.

Blue badge holders can already park in on street pay and display bays when displaying their blue badge.

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

How can you get into the town centre?

You are encouraged to use a car, cycle or walk if you can.

The government has indicated that people should not use public transport unless it is essential. Buses and trains are available but you need to check their timetables, routes and safety advice.

More information on public transport can be found at:

What about taxis?

Taxis can access the town centre but will have to observe the changes and the traffic restrictions.

Will emergency vehicles be able to get into the town centre?

Emergency vehicles will have access into all parts of the town centre at all times.

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.

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 during the lockdown 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.

Which businesses are open?

There are only a limited number of shops and businesses open in the town centre at the moment. These are providing are essential items like food and include the supermarkets and relevant market traders.

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.

Will businesses be able to accept deliveries once traffic restrictions are in place?

Businesses will need to organise their deliveries before 10.30am and after 4pm. Business Doncaster will be supporting businesses with the changes.

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 have continued to be open throughout the lockdown period, providing essential food supplies of fresh meats, fish and vegetables, cooked meats, cheeses, deli and bakery products which have been well received by visitors to the Market both old and new. Measures have been in place to monitor and control entry into the building, with shoppers being greeted upon arrival, directed to hand sanitising facilities and instructions of the exit location to assist with social distancing requirements.

In line with the latest government guidance, Market Asset Management (MAM) will reopen the Tuesday, Friday and Saturday outdoor market on the Market Place from Friday 5th June, with social distancing measures in place including the spacing out of traders, introduction of one-way systems and ground markings.

Other retail will be re-opening from 16th June on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 8am and 2pm across the estate. This includes the Corn Exchange, Goose Hill Market and the Wool Market, as well as a retail traders at Mexborough Market, with new measures in place to ensure social distancing and hand-sanitising can be adhered to.

These will include one-way systems, designated points of entry and exit, floor markings and hand-sanitising stations. We encourage people to come back to the market and support local traders in a safe way, and market staff and the wider community of traders will be on hand to provide guidance and support.

Although food units are not yet able to open in the Wool Market, many traders will be offering a takeaway service from 4th June, available from 5pm to 9pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Orders can be taken through Just Eat, or by calling traders directly and coming to pick up your food which will be brought to you at a collection point at the door.

Unfortunately, no members of the public will be able to come into the building or use the seating area at this point.

The safety of our traders and the public is the first concern, so the full re-opening will be phased to build up to the pre-lockdown operating hours. In the meantime, traders who are able to open will be available Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 8am until 2pm, and Wool Market food deliveries available Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights 5pm to 9pm.

We are looking forward to getting back in full swing, but for now we are building up our capacity and making sure we support social distancing and cleansing and hygiene measures.

For more information, 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 been going up in the main streets asking people to observe social distancing guidance.

  Bawtry Main Street COVID 19 social distance sign Bawtry Main Street COVID 19 social distance signs

Map showing traffic restrictions and the town centre pedestrian zone

Frenchgate Centre floor splat message keep your distance Pavement floor splat message keep your distance Duke Street junction floor splat message keep your distance

Last updated: 29 May 2020 16:54:56