Changes to visiting Newport

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Non-essential retail is planned to reopen on Monday 12 April. Tourism and hospitality is planned to reopen on Monday 26 April.

Read the Welsh Government coronavirus regulations


As Newport begins to reopen changes to pedestrianised areas support social distancing and improve the safety of visitors.

Additional barriers have been installed at key points to increase pedestrian areas in the city centre.

Vehicle access is 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). 


Non-essential retail is planned to reopen on Monday 12 April.

Individual shops will decide if and when they reopen.

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

Stay Safe

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.