Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice for visitors

From 17 May 2021, indoor hospitality will be available once again throughout Peterborough.

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on 10 May that Step Three of the national easing of lockdown restrictions will come into effect on 17 May, the city’s wide selection of quality cafés, restaurants and pubs are getting ready to welcome customers to enjoy food and drinks inside their venues, as well as out.

Venues will not have to serve a substantial meal with alcoholic drinks and there will not be a curfew.

Customers will, however, have to order, eat and drink while seated and follow the latest government guidance, such as wearing face coverings while not seated and avoid visiting at peak times, to help to keep themselves and others safe.

Visitors to the city centre will be able to enjoy free parking at the Car Haven car park after 5pm from 17 May until 23 May.

Guidance for shoppers

The prospect of once again being able to eat and drink inside in our fantastic cafes, restaurants and pubs will be welcome news to customers and businesses alike.

However, the number of cases of COVID-19 in Peterborough still remain higher than the regional and national average and are not falling fast enough.

So, if you’re planning a trip to the city centre it’s as important as ever to stay COVID-19 safe to protect you, your loved ones and your community. Remember to keep your distance, meet up as much as possible in the fresh air or in well ventilated spaces, take your two lateral flow tests a week, continue with good hand hygiene and get your vaccine when you are eligible - #ThisStillDependsOnUs.

In order for all shoppers to have a safe and enjoyable trip, we need you to Stay Smart, Stay Apart - and please remember the following:

  • Follow the social distancing signs and floor markings
  • Wear a face covering in the following places (unless exempt):
    • public transport
    • taxis and private hire vehicles
    • transport hubs (including rail stations and bus and coach stations and terminals)
    • shops and supermarkets
    • shopping centres (malls and indoor markets)
    • bars, pubs, restaurants, cafés, except when seated at a table to eat or drink (see exemptions)
  • Maintain social distancing
  • Sign into the venue or use NHS Test and Trace
  • Avoid visiting at peak times
  • 'Hands, Face, Space and Fresh Air'
  • Indoors, the Rule of 6 or 2 households will apply
  • Some queues will be restricted, so if the queue is full you may be asked to move on
  • Be considerate of other shoppers, particularly those with restricted mobility
  • Shopping will be slower than usual – be mindful of this when planning your visit
  • Be considerate of staff working in stores, they are doing their best to keep you safe
  • Use contactless or phone/app payment where possible
  • Sanitise your hands regularly while shopping
  • If you're taking the bus into town, please visit the Traveline website for timetable enquiries and check with operators on any recent service changes due to the pandemic
  • Do not go shopping if you, or another member of your household has experienced any COVID-19 symptom
  • Meet up as much as possible in the fresh air or in well ventilated spaces
  • Take your two lateral flow tests a week
  • Get your vaccine when you are eligible
  • Please check with hospitality venues ahead of your visit to ensure they are open

Find out more about Coronavirus (COVID-19) at

How we're making Peterborough City Centre COVID-19 safe

Peterborough City Council is taking the following steps to make the city centre COVID-19 secure:

  • Pavement widening and a pop-up bike lane to help pedestrians/cyclists
  • We would encourage people walk or cycle into the city wherever possible
  • Introducing an open-air 'café-style' culture across the city for restaurants/cafés
  • Installing clear signage and floor/seat markings to help people know where to stand
  • Improved cleaning of the city centre - including targeted daily deep-clean hotwashes
  • Hand sanitising stations throughout the city centre