Coronavirus temporary town changes

Changes to Watford Town Centre

The temporary changes to the town centres are designed to help residents, businesses and families to remain safe as the government allows high streets to reopen in a phased and gradual manner.

Signage - Pavements and floor stickers will help you socially distance from others. For the one way system that’s in operation:

  • Follow the green stickers to walk to the upper High Street and Parade (stay on the intu/market/Sainsbury's side of the road)
  • Follow the pink stickers to head to intu and the Lower High Street (stay on Mcdonald’s/Church/Wetherspoons/Nando's side of the road)

Town Centre Layout - Most shops now have an entrance queue and a one way system for getting around once you are inside. As you move from place to place please use the hand sanitisers you see at cashpoints and entrances 

Confidence Mark - Shops and businesses have all been offered tailored support from the council’s Environmental Health team to make sure they are doing what is needed to keep their staff and customers safe.  People should look out for the Watford ‘confidence mark’ which shows a business has taken steps to follow guidance and are prioritising people’s safety.

intuWatford - The centre has introduced its own safety measures, including managing the number of visitors inside the centre and putting controls in place at the entrance and exit points at Queens Road. For more information, visit

Stewards - Stewards are also on hand to manage queues and providing advice and support to visitors – they will be keeping a particular eye out for any visitors who might need a bit of extra help.

Road Closures - To prepare for a safe, phased re-opening of Watford town centre, Hertfordshire County Council has closed access to the High Street from Water Lane (by the blue pyramid). This means there will be no access to the lower part of the High Street through to Kings Street for vehicles except for buses, delivery vehicles, taxis and blue badge holders. 

On-street parking restrictions - Parking on this section of the High Street is also suspended; blue badge holders should use Kings or Gade car park where they are guaranteed disabled parking spaces. The restrictions will be in place during the usual shopping hours.

Sanitising units - Watford BID has provided five hand sanitising units throughout the town centre:

  • Beside the Town Hall and Beryl Bikes (beyond the underpass and parade)
  • Beside the Halifax Bank on The Parade (near the junction with Clarendon Road)
  • On King Street, at the junction with the High Street (near Costa Coffee)
  • On Market Street (2 metres from the corner at the side of Natwest)
  • On the Lower High Street – opposite Meat n Shake

Beryl Bikes - We have over 70 preferred parking locations at Beryl Bays across the borough. They are four bays based on or near the High Street. Please wash your hands before and after riding a Beryl Bike and wear gloves. If you can’t wash your hands immediately before riding, you can use an alcohol-based sanitiser.

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