Temporary bus stop arrangements in Newport town centre will revert back to how they were before the COVID pandemic, with the easing of restrictions next week.
Bus stops for routes 5, 7, 12 and 38, which were relocated last year to aid social distancing at Newport Bus Station, will move back into bus station from Monday (19 July). This will allow the South Street taxi rank to be reinstated and the short-stay car park at Church Litten to reopen to help support the town’s economy.
On Monday the government confirmed that from 19th July most legal restrictions relating to coronavirus would be lifted in England. The Island’s health leaders, however, are urging people to continue to proceed with caution and act responsibly to prevent further spread of the virus.
Speaking earlier this week, Simon Bryant, the council’s director of public health, said:
“The pandemic is not over and the disease carries risks for all of us, but particularly the most vulnerable members of our Island community.
“We know getting vaccinated helps protect ourselves and others. Reduced transmission of the virus minimises the development of new variants.
“My two key messages are please take a cautious approach and get vaccinated. Doing both of these will really help stop the spread and protect the NHS as cases rise and hospitalisations increase.”
For more local information on COVID-19, visit the Keep the Island Safe website.