Victoria Centre has revealed information on the social distancing measures in place ahead of its reopening on Monday.
The centre has been closed since March when the government mandated the closure of all but essential shops in order to slow the spread of Coronavius.
A task force of experts from across intu has created detailed and adaptable plans for each of its 14 shopping destinations, with common principles guiding every plan and full risk assessments aligned to every centre to make them COVID-secure locations.
These measures include ensuring shoppers remain 2 meters apart and encouraging the use of face-coverings.
They have also adapted existing footfall-monitoring technology so that its frontline teams can accurately monitor and manage the number of people in the centre at any time. It will manage queues outside the centre when capacity is reached and there will be a raft of other measures including one-way systems, floor stickers and queues outside stores to ensure visitors stay socially distanced once inside.
Enhanced hygiene regimes that were introduced at the start of the outbreak will continue, with more deep cleaning of key areas and touchpoints like escalators, toilets and keypads.
Matthew Roberts, Chief Executive of intu, said: “We are looking forward to welcoming more visitors back to intu Victoria Centre and our other centres from 15 June in line with Government guidance. Our centres have and will always be at the heart of their local communities. intu supports around 3% of all retail jobs in the UK and our centres are home to some of the biggest and best brands, so we are doing everything we can to make them safe places to visit and work.
“We know we cannot do this alone and everyone who visits our centres whether for work or to shop will play their part in keeping themselves and each other safe by following the official guidelines, and the instructions and safety information provided by our teams.
“Whilst the experience for everyone that visits intu Victoria Centre will be different to normal, our teams will be on hand to deliver that warm welcome our centres have become known for.”
When will stores be reopening?
- Argento – opening 22 June
- Beaverbrooks – opening 15 June
- Birds – TBC
- Boots – open
- Boost – for takeaway only
- CEX – opening 15 June
- Card Factory – TBC
- Chisholm Hunter – opening 15 June
- Chopstix – open
- Claire’s Accessories – opening 15 June
- Clinton Cards – opening 17 June
- Damaged Society – opening 15 June
- Disney Store – TBC
- EE – opening 18 June
- Eurochange – opening 22 June
- Goldsmiths – opening 15 June
- Greggs – opening 18 June
- H Samuel – opening 15 June
- Hillarys – opening 1 July
- HMV – opening 15 June
- House of Fraser – opening 15 June
- Holland and Barrett – open
- JD Sports – opening 15 June
- John Lewis – opening 18 June
- Kiko – opening 15 June
- Krispy Kreme – open
- Lovisa – opening 15 June
- Morphe – opening 25 June
- Muffin Break – opening 15 June
- Music Room – opening 15 June
- NatWest – opening 15 June
- Next – opening 16 June
- O2 – opening 15 June
- One Below – opening 15 June
- Pandora – opening 15 June
- Pokewaves – delivery only
- Post Office – open
- Quiz – opening 18 June
- River Island – opening 15 June
- Sky – opening 22 June
- Sostrene Grene – opening 15 June
- Supercuts – opening 4 July
- Subway – opening 15 June
- Superdrug – opening 24 June
- Superdry – opening 15 June
- Swatch – opening 15 June
- Tesco – open
- The Entertainer – opening 15 June
- The Fragrance Shop – opening 15 June
- The Perfume Shop – opening 16 June
- The Works – opening 19 June
- Three Mobile – opening 15 June
- Tiger – opening 15 June
- Timberland – opening 15 June
- Timpsons – opening 15 June
- Topshop/ Topman – opening 15 June
- Urban Outfitters – opening 15 June
- WH Smith – open
- Yankee Candle – opening 15 June
- Yours Clothing – opening 15 June
- Vision Express – by appointment only