First look inside Meadowhall as shops prepare to reopen after lockdown
These photos show how Meadowhall wil look with its social distancing measures in place.
Most shops will reopen on Monday (June 15), and strict rules will be in place which aim to make sure people are able to use the shopping centre without spreading COVID-19.
And yesterday (June 8) the owners issued tips to shoppers to help keep them safe as they return.
In May, the advice that was given to retailers ahead of the reopening was shared by The Star.
The notice to staff, from the Meadowhall Retail Team, sais that they are preparing for the reopening, however “awaiting further government advice” on “restrictions such as size, category and location.”
“The number one aim is to promote Meadowhall as a safe place to visit and reassure customers that we have taken all possible steps to implement all Government guidance measures,” it adds.
The shopping centre will be open for the full set of trading hours that were in place before lockdown.
Car parks will be monitored ‘at all times’ and closed at peak times, if required, “to help regulate customer queues into the centre and overall occupancy numbers”.
The number of people allowed into the centre will also be limited, and the doors will be closed “where necessary to manage customer numbers at any given time of the day”.
A ‘keep left’ system is to be implemented throughout the shopping centre.
This system means that queues will not be permitted outside shops, as that would jeopardise people’s ability to social distance.
All stores will operate a ‘green-red indicator’ system, which will notify customers as to whether they are letting people in. If they are not, customers can pass these shops without queuing.
Floor markers and signage will be installed to encourage social distancing. These will also be in place in lifts and on escalators.
Hand sanitiser dispensers will be in place around the shopping centre.
Food retailers will remain open for takeaway only. The Oasis seating area will not open.