PICTURES taken of Reading town centre show how it has changed for shoppers during the coronavirus pandemic.

One-way walking systems have been introduced by Reading Borough Council (RBC) on streets including Union Street, Oxford Road by Broad Street Mall, Station Road and the station subway.

Red signs can be seen across the town centre saying “new pedestrian one way system”.

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White arrows, “one way” and “no entry” signs have also been painted on pathways urging people to walk in the right direction.

Red “Covid-19 keep apart” signs have been placed on lampposts reminding people to socially distance when visiting the town centre.

Yellow lines have been painted at the bus stop on Oxford Road to ensure commuters stay two metres apart.

The changes come as part of the council’s plan to make the high street safe to reopen next week.

As well as signs, they are implementing a disinfectant clean in June of more than 39,000 square feet of public space.

There will also be cleaning teams out every day to ensure the town centre remains as clean and hygienic as possible.

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Visitors to the town centre are being asked bring their own hand sanitiser, while businesses will also provide sanitiser at their shop entrances.

Council leader Jason Brock said: “I am sure that there will be a sense of relief that residents can once again visit and shop in the town centre, but it is essential everybody pays close attention to the guidance being given, which is there to help keep residents and shop staff safe.”