Hackney Council is introducing the first parts of a package of emergency measures to improve road safety and social distancing throughout the coronavirus pandemic.
At seven sites where residents are experiencing difficulties with social distancing, footpaths will be widened with barriers and parking will be suspended to help people walk and shop safely.
The Council is also temporarily restricting parking on Broadway Market and closing it to through-traffic, to improve pedestrian safety in this high footfall area.
The measures will make it easier for residents to maintain social distancing while walking for daily exercise or obtaining essential items, such as food and medicine.
At each of the sites, the Council will ensure that deliveries to food retailers can continue as required.
The seven sites where the Council is widening pavements are:
Sainsbury’s Local, Mare Street (south of Ash Grove)
Chatsworth Road (various shops)
Sainsbury’s Local, 27-33 Blackstock Rd, N4 2JF
Iceland, Mare St, near Well Street
Sainsbury’s Local, Lower Clapton Road
Tesco Express, East Road
Co-Op, New North Road
The Council has also written to Transport for London to request similar measures outside food retailers on Transport for London’s road network.