The impact of Coronavirus on local shopping areas in the Three Rivers District

Following the re-opening of shops, new safety measures to protect people walking, cycling and queuing for local shops are being introduced in response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

New, wider footways are being created to enable shoppers and local people to keep a safe, social distance between those queuing for a shop and those walking past.

Hertfordshire County Council in partnership with Three Rivers District Council is creating space in shopping areas by installing barriers to separate the road from a wider area where people can walk.

Around the District

In Rickmansworth, this includes the installation of barriers to allow people to walk safely in the parking laybys in the High Street (between Church St and Parsonage Rd) from early on Monday 15 June.

Three Rivers District Council have made the local businesses aware and highlighted that there will be no changes to parking controls at this time. In order to prevent deliveries from blocking the road, the Local Authority kindly requests, that where possible businesses arrange for deliveries to use other roads (such as Station Rd, Northway) or to arrive outside peak shopping hours.

Why is this happening?

Hertfordshire County Council's Public Health team has planned and prioritised how shopping areas around the County will be made safe.
The County Council has published a Four Point Plan to make town centres safe. You can find more information on the Hertfordshire County Council website, or by contacting them on 0300 123 4047 or email

The measures outlined are being led and managed by Hertfordshire County Council. The District Council is displaying posters and signage at key shopping and café areas in order to encourage those queuing and those passing by to keep a safe distance. The District Council will also provide on-the-spot, specialist health and safety guidance to any business inviting customers onto their premises.

Helping people to Shop and Queue Safely

If businesses wish to install temporary markings on the footway, Hertfordshire County Council will not object as long as they are temporary, but it is not currently in a position to assist with implementation. Further details are available at

As part of its "Stay Safe" campaign, Hertfordshire County Council has also produced a range of easy-read visual guidance for local businesses and shops to use, to advise their customers how they are managing the unusual situation.

Helping you to find parking

Details of local car parking can be found on this website here Three Rivers car parks. This page also shows the location of blue badge holder bays (and blue badge holders can also park on other parking restrictions under the national scheme).