Staying safe outside your home

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Most of Havant borough's high street shops and services have now reopened following the coronavirus lockdown. The shops have put things in place to minimise the risk of catching coronavirus for their customers and staff.

If you have returned to the high street and are shopping safely, thank you.

It is important to take precautions to keep yourself and others safe. This page has tips and links to help you stay safe outside your home.

Before you leave home

If you have any symptoms of coronavirus, stay at home. You must self-isolate at home for seven days.

If possible, bring hand sanitiser and a face covering with you.

Take a contactless card or device with you to pay, if you can.

Social distancing

The current guidance is to keep two metres apart where possible, but where it is not, a social distance of at least one metre apart is acceptable while taking mitigations to reduce the risk of transmission.

These other measures include screens, facing away from each other, hand washing, face coverings and minimising contact with others.

There are some areas that have been identified as having a pavement that is too narrow for pedestrians to safely social distance. In these areas, measures have been put in place to extend the pavement, such as suspending on street parking or installing temporary barriers.

Face coverings and masks

Face coverings are mandatory in shops, supermarkets, indoor shopping centres, banks, building societies and post offices. Additionally, the government advises to wear a face covering in any other situation where social distancing isn’t possible.

It is already mandatory to wear a face covering when using public transport.

Face coverings are not a replacement for social distancing and may not protect you from getting coronavirus. However, they may provide protection for others if you are infected but not showing symptoms.

A face covering can be very simple and should cover your mouth and nose. Lots of shops and brands are starting to sell their own face coverings or you could make your own.

It’s important to wear and store your face covering properly - make sure you wash or sanitise your hands before putting it on and after taking it off, avoid touching your face and store used face coverings in a plastic bag until you wash them.

There are some circumstances, for health, age or equality reasons, where people cannot wear face coverings. If this applies to you, you can download an exemption card from the website.

Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances and remember that some people are less able to wear them.

Remember that not all disabilities are visible.

When wearing a mask in public please ensure you are disposing of it appropriately in litter bins or taking it home with you.

Shopping safely

You may still have to queue to get into shops, and many require you to sanitise your hands when you enter or exit.

If a shop has a one-way system, stick to it. This may mean that you have to wait for someone to finish browsing.

Shop alone if you can, this will make social distancing inside and in queues easier for everyone.

The BBC has produced a useful video about how to shop safely.

If you do not wear a face covering, the shop you are visiting can refuse you entry.

The Police will have powers to issue £100 fines to people who do not wear face coverings in shops and supermarkets.

There are some circumstances, for health, age or equality reasons, where people cannot wear face coverings. Please be mindful and respectful of such circumstances and remember that some people are less able to wear them.

Pubs and restaurants

Pubs and restaurants are open, but they may be operating very differently to how they did before the pandemic.

Venues have to follow government guidelines to make sure they are operating safely. A large part of this may be supporting the NHS Test and Trace scheme to contain outbreaks by temporarily storing your contact details in case you need to be contacted.

Physical ways of maintaining social distancing could include screens between tables, a table only service, apps which enable you to order food and drinks from your table, a reduced customer capacity, changes to entrances and exits and hand washing or sanitising encouraged.

The rules on wearing face coverings in shops do not apply to places where you would eat or drink - unless you are buying food and drink to take away from cafes and shops.


When paying for parking, remember to sanitise your hands before and after using the machine. Our parking machines are cleaned daily.

If you don't want to touch a ticket machine, you can use RingGo for contactless payment - all you need is your phone and a payment card.

Look out for others

We should all continue to look out for others.

This could mean offering to pick items up for others if you go out shopping or respecting social distancing when you’re out.

Things aren’t the same as they were before the coronavirus pandemic. Social distancing and other safety measures might mean that things take longer. These measures will be brand new to many of the staff working in pubs and restaurants and may take a little time to run completely smoothly – please be patient with others.