Changes are being made to Hertford's town centre to help with social distancing, as the town looks forward to more retailers opening in June.
Parking in Fore Street has been banned between Market Place and South Street, whilst the road between Parliament Square and Shire Hall has been shut to traffic.
Measures are also being introduced in other Hertfordshire towns.
Councillor Phil Bibby, Cabinet Member for Highways and Environment, said: "This is a rapidly moving project, and we are now in a position to start rolling out some of the measures ahead of the Government’s timeline.
"We’re playing our part during this time, and hope residents will continue to demonstrate kindness to each other by keeping the two metres distancing.
"I understand and recognise that those living in town centres may experience some disruption, as the traffic management changes. But I hope they will appreciate feeling that their streets are made safer for pedestrians and residents alike as a result of the changes."
Jim McManus, Director of Public Health at Hertfordshire County Council, said: "We have been advising our Highways colleagues to ensure that they have the right measures in place to allow people to safely go about their business in town centres, and enable them to socially distance as they do so."
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