Changes to visiting Newport

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Update 19 October: Coronavirus circuit break - new Welsh Government rules come into effect at 6pm, Friday 23 October.

All non-food retail, hospitality businesses, including cafes, restaurants and pubs (unless they provide take-away or delivery services), close contact services, such as hairdressers and beauticians, and events and tourism businesses, such as hotels must close

The tourism and hospitality sector in Newport is welcoming vistors back with a phased reopening of cafes, pubs and restaurants.

Changes to pedestrianised areas support social distancing and improve the safety of visitors.

Additional barriers are being installed at key points to increase pedestrian areas in the city centre.

Vehicle access will be restricted to business deliveries between 6am and 10am in these streets.

The changes allow more safe space for shoppers as well as supporting more pubs, restaurants and cafés to start offering outdoor services.

Customers are advised to pre-book tables and visits in advance where this service is offered.

As High Street is included in the new pedestrianised areas, bus services that used this route will now operate directly to Newport bus station.

View map of the city centre changes (pdf). 


Shops in Newport are welcoming back customers as part of the Welsh Government's Covid-19 recovery plans.

Individual shops will decide if and when they reopen.

Newport Market is open between 10am and 3pm for stall-holders who decide to trade.

Stay Safe

From 14 September face coverings must be worn in indoor public places, like shops - children under 11 years and people with health conditions don’t have to wear one.

Face coverings are required in all indoor public places, for both customers and staff, including in shops, shopping centres, places of worship, hairdressers, salons, cinemas, museums, gyms, leisure centres and anywhere that is open to members of the public.

More information can be found on the Welsh Government website.  

Read about steps you can take to ensure the safety of yourself and others

Newport City Council has introduced a range of measures to help visitors stay safe including:

  • Increased cleansing regime in key areas and council car parks
  • Social distancing solutions for retail areas and transport hubs
  • One way systems and/or footway widening
  • Anti-viral treatment of high frequency touch points such as handrails, bins, push buttons and seating
  • Assessments of businesses to ensure they are compliant with social distancing

Individual businesses are required to put in measures so customers and staff can remain at a safe distance at all times.

If you believe a business is not following these requirements, please call (01633) 414970.

More information is available from Friars Walk and Kingsway on how their malls will be operating in line with government guidance.


Access to toilets in the city centre may be restricted, for the latest details, see Friars Walk and Kingsway Centre.

The toilets within Newport Market are closed to the public as the required social distancing and hygiene regulations cannot be fully met.

Have your say

Please take a moment to complete our return to shopping survey to tell us how you feel about returning to shopping areas and what we can do to improve your experience.