KEY shopping streets in Alloa are being closed off to vehicles during the day to ensure businesses can re-open safely.

Having started last Tuesday, June 23, the High Street in the town has been closed off to vehicles except for a few hours in the morning,

There are a few exemptions, such as for deliveries and emergency services.

It is the same for Mill Street between its junctions with Mar Street and Shillinghill following discussions between Clacks Council and Alloa First business improvement district.

According an update from the latter, Candelriggs has also been closed in its entirety.

The "experimental" road closure is in place between 9am and 6pm each day – it is understood vehicles will be allowed between 6am and 9am to enable cars and vans access the bakers and sandwich shops.

Delivery lorries can arrive at any time as long as they are actively delivering there.

Lorry drivers will need to move the barriers to enter the street.

Emergency services, along with postal vehicles and council vehicles are also allowed, as is traffic associated with any construction work.

It is understood the Candleriggs Car Park is also closed for all except for deliveries and for blue badge holders.

According to the traffic regulation order made by the local authority, the road closures are required due to Covid-19 and as part of the Spaces for People government programme.

The order is for a period of 18 months and according to Alloa First, it is to ensure the safety of traders, visitors and residents so they can move about the town centre while adhering to social distancing guidelines.