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Non-essential shops reopening in Surrey and Hampshire

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Non-essential shops reopening in Surrey and Hampshire

Published at 6:00am 14th June 2020. (Updated at 6:17am 15th June 2020)

Many non-essential shops are reopening in Surrey and Hampshire today (15 June) for the first time since the start of lockdown in March.

Stores that can now resume business include those selling clothes, mobile phones, technology and gifts. 

As people return to the high street many local councils have put in place safety measures to allow for social distancing, to keep staff and customers safe. 

So your local high street may look a little different compared to the last time you were there. 


Guildford Borough Council is working with Experience Guildford the Business Improvement District as they welcome people back to the town centre. 

Some steps being taken to keep visitors safe include: 

  • Widened footpaths
  • Dedicated external queueing systems
  • Longer road closures in key areas

The Council is asking shoppers to:

  • Observe social distancing rules staying 2m apart from other shoppers 
  • Follow the direction of the new signs as you make your way around town 
  • Use contactless card payment where possible 
  • Wash your hands as often as possible
  • Use hand sanitiser when available
  • Keep your shopping group small

Town centre parking remains free for the rest of June until Wednesday 1 July and Farnham Road car park will stay free of charge in July to help support key workers.

Social distancing measures in place in Tunsgate.

Rushmoor - Aldershot and Farnborough 

  • Rushmoor Borough Council is looking to introduce wider pedestrian routes which is likely to mean fewer on-street car park spaces to increase pavement widths 
  • Social distancing markers will be in place outside shops 
  • Introducing 'town centre helpers' during busy times who will be able to assist with queries and make sure people are able to follow the social distancing rules
  • There will be hand sanitiser stations installed at the main pedestrian routes
  • Cleaning will be carried out more frequently and bins emptied more often
  • Changes have been made to roads in North Camp
  • Car parks are currently still free to use
  • Public toilets will remain closed 

Woking - including Peacocks and Wolsey shopping centres 

  • Organised social distancing queues with floor stickers 
  • One-way systems
  • Hand sanitiser at entry and exit points
  • Specialist disinfection service which will remove any bacteria and viruses from all surfaces, contact areas and touchpoints every night before opening

Hart - Fleet

  •  Parking bays in Fleet Road, between Church Road and Gurkha Square, will be temporarily closed to allow social distancing
  • The bay closures will include disabled and some bus stop bays
  • Blue badge holders are advised to park in the adjacent side roads or town centre car parks
  • Council-owned car parks continue to be free of charge

Camberley - including The Square Shopping Centre 

  • Social distancing markers 
  • The High Street and Princess Way are in the middle of extensive regeneration construction – but the active works are fenced off and are safe to walk around
  • Keep to the left as you walk around town  
  • Observe social distancing from other shoppers where possible
  • Wear a face covering if you can
  • Use hand sanitiser when available
  • Spend only the required shopping time in town
  • Keep your shopping group small
  • The Square- a live occupancy system will be used to manage the number of people inside
  • Centre staff have been issued with guidelines to wash their hands often, wear gloves and masks where required 


  • Temporary traffic restriction for Godalming town centre will be in force
  • Access to the High Street will be restricted between 10am and 4pm Monday-Saturday from its junction with Queen Street to the junction with Church Street at The Pepperpot
  • Social distancing markings and signage which have been installed throughout the retail areas


  • Pavements are to be widened on both sides of Downing Street and The Borough to support social distancing 
  • Single lane for cars and an advisory 20mph speed limit will be put in place
  • The pavement widening plans will initially be in place for 12 weeks 
  • Park Row will be closed at the junction with Castle Street, preventing all vehicles except for cyclists and pedestrians
  • Planters will be added to separate pedestrians and cars