Cardiff, A Safe City to Visit
Cardiff plans to exit lockdown as one of the UK’s ‘safest’ cities.
A fantastic detailed plan of action has been published by Cardiff Council which outlines a raft of innovative measures with the aim of making Cardiff one of the ‘safest’ cities in the UK as life begins its return to ‘normal’.
Leader of Cardiff Council, Cllr Huw Thomas, said: “These plans start to outline how life can resume and how Cardiff can prosper despite COVID-19. We want to restart, recover and renew Wales’ capital and I’m determined that when lockdown restrictions are lifted, our city will reopen in a way that is safe for everyone; in a way that does everything it can to safeguard thousands of jobs; and in a way which is both welcoming and confident about the future of Cardiff. I’m especially excited about our proposals to open up Cardiff Castle’s grounds as a new ‘public’ square for local residents to use for free. The castle grounds are spectacular. It could provide restaurants and cafes with covered areas to use, giving them a chance to make up for floor space and clients they would otherwise lose because of having to observe social distancing rules in their properties.”
Here’s how Cardiff will be a safer city to visit:
Welcome Points will offer information to the visitor/shopper/worker on how the city centre works, how to visit in a safe way, how to reach particular destinations, a walking plan, hand-washing facilities, cycle-parking facilities and a member of staff to assist.
A plan is being developed to cover all city-centre streets, dependent upon footfall and the availability of safe (socially distanced) walking space.
Pedestrians within the city centre will need to follow signed routes to ensure social distancing will be observed.
Social Distancing will be operated all of Cardiff’s shops and retail areas. Designated queuing areas will be allocated to ensure visitors to the city centre have weather protection too for everyone’s comfort and safety.
The Council is proposing to open up spill-out areas and give space in the public realm over to businesses to use for free. It is essential that the key streets, public spaces and new spill-out spaces allow social distancing, and allow businesses in the City Centre to carry on trading. These include the grounds inside and around the main walls of Cardiff Castle, the northern end of Churchill Way, the Hayes, and Mill Lane.
Many of the existing city centre car parks will be operating at a reduced capacity in order to enable people to leave and return to their cars in a safe manner. To support this a comprehensive network of Park and Ride/ Park and Stride facilities are being developed to manage car access away from the centre, but to allow easy walking/cycling/bus access for the ‘last mile’ of the journey.