Council workers spray Hull clean with 7,000 litres of water in bid to disinfect city centre ahead of lockdown end
- Hull city centre has been ‘disinfected’ to make it safer for shoppers to return
- Pedestrian area was washed down by a team of council cleaners this morning
- Clean-up operation to help suppress coronavirus is to be spread across the city
- Arterial roads, cycle routes and 52 shopping areas will have similar deep clean
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A city centre has been ‘disinfected’ to make it safer for shoppers to return.
A pedestrian area in the centre of Hull was washed down by a team of council cleaners early this morning with more planned for the weeks ahead.
The clean-up operation, designed to help suppress the coronavirus, is to be spread across the city with all main arterial roads, cycle routes and 52 shopping developments to have a similar deep clean.
Hull City Council staff first started disinfecting street furniture on Trinity Lane last week
Disinfectant is pre-mixed with water and sprayed on the roads, paving and street furniture to kill any remaining traces of the virus..
Today’s city centre operation, using street cleaning vehicles, used 7,000 litres of water and was carried out between 5 and 7am around Queen Victoria Square and Jameson Street when the area was deserted.
A Hull City Council spokesman said it was planning to do a ‘deep clean’ of the city centre twice a week from now on.
Councillor Anita Harrison, portfolio holder for street cleaning services, said: ‘We are taking steps to prepare the city centre for a staggered reopening to the public following Government guidelines.
A pedestrian area in the centre of Hull has been washed down by a team of council cleaners
‘By cleaning popular areas, we are aiming to reduce the spread of Covid-19 and reassuring residents that the council is taking the appropriate measures to ensure the safety of the public.
‘A lot of water is used during the cleaning process, which is why we are taking the opportunity to do this whilst the shops are closed and footfall is low.’
The cleaning trial will also take part at Elmbridge Parade shop fronts on Annandale Road in east Hull.
Some other town and city centres, including Bristol and Southampton, have already been carrying out similar sanitising operations to disinfect normally busy public areas.