BOROUGH chiefs say they will continue to monitor social distancing plans in Middlewich in case they are not working well.

Cheshire East Council U-turned on plans to close Wheelock Street earlier this week following pressure from residents and Middlewich Town Council.

The local authority then produced an alternative plan for the town centre, including some parking restrictions, and CEC says it will continue to monitor the road after shops reopen next Monday.

Cllr Laura Crane, cabinet member for highways, added: "We would like to thank all the local ward members, town and parish councillors who have worked with us so positively to develop and amend the temporary measure plans for high streets, ahead of their implementation on Monday.

“These measures will be constantly reviewed. If something isn’t working, tell us and where possible we will amend it or remove it completely."

Middlewich residents are being reminded about the importance of social distancing ahead of lockdown being eased next Monday.

Government restrictions will be in place on the high street to control the spread of the virus as non-essential shops open their doors, and shoppers will be asked to stay two metres apart.

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The Government’s guidance is being continually reviewed and CEC says it will adapt and make changes as and when this is amended.

Cllr Craig Browne, deputy leader at CEC, said: "The safety of the public is our top priority as government restrictions are eased and information is being made available on the council’s website and through media channels to enable residents and businesses to do this.

"We also ask that people think about the changes they may need to make in order to stay safe.

"This could include planning ahead for a bus journey, ensuring you have a face covering, which is a mandatory requirement on all public transport, adjusting your route through a town centre or ensuring you have contactless payment methods for making payments for car parking and for shopping."