Fishergate Shopping Centre Preston: safety measures, parking, toilets and which stores will be open - here is everything you need to know about today's reopening

After weeks of preparation Preston's Fishergate Shopping Centre is ready to welcome back shoppers today (Monday, June 15, 2020)

Friday, 12th June 2020, 1:31 pm
Updated Monday, 15th June 2020, 8:02 am

The centre has been working hard to ensure the safety of shoppers, and staff, with clear and simple safe distancing guidelines, queueing systems and deep cleaning introduced along with a number of other safety measures.

In a post online, a Fishergate Centre spokesman, said: "We are very much looking forward to welcoming you back to Fishergate Shopping Centre.

"As we are sure you will appreciate we have had to make some changes, which you will notice when shopping with us.

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"The health and well- being of our customers and staff continues to be our top priority and we are working closely with our retailers to implement UK government shopping guidelines."

Here is everything you need to know about the safety measures and changes to expect at the Fishergate Centre from Monday:

>> Will there be social distancing guides in the shopping centre?

Bosses at the Fishergate Centre have confirmed that clear and simple safe distancing guidelines, similar to those used in supermarkets in recent months have been installed.

The Fishergate Centre is looking forward to welcoming shoppers back next week

>> Will there be restrictions on how many people are allowed into the Fishergate Centre?

Fishergate Centre staff will be managing the number of customers allowed on the mall at any one time to allow social distancing measures to be safely followed.

>> Will any of the entrances be closed and will lifts and escalators be in operation?

The Fishergate Centre has confirmed that it may be necessary to restrict access to certain entrances to help control the volume of visitors in order to maintain safe social distancing

The main Fishergate and Butler Street entrances will be open, but the lift and escalator access from the car park to TK Maxx will be closed.

There will only be one up escalator operating in the centre between lower and middle mall, customers will need to walk down the stairs.

>>Which stores will be open from Monday?

A total of 13 stores are planning to reopen on Monday, June 15, but this may be subject to change.

The following stores are currently open.

TJ Hughes

The following stores are set to open from Monday.

Debenhams (17th June)

Designer Menswear

Euro News

Lush

Mini Moon

Mobile Bitz

Poundland

Primark

Shoe Zone

Sports Direct

Starbucks (wc 22nd June)

Strawberry Moon

TK Maxx

>> Will toilets and parent and child facilities be open?

Public toilets will be closed for the foreseeable future until the centre can ensure the safety of shoppers using these facilities, however, parent and child facilities will be available along with disabled facilities (accessible with a RADAR key) with an enhanced level of cleaning.

>> Will hand sanitising stations be available?

Hand sanitiser stations will be located at each entrance to the centre and at other locations within the centre, including car park payment stations.

>> What parking will be available and how should I pay?

The north car park is open as usual. The south car park will remain closed for the immediate future.

Whilst you can still use card and contactless payments, visitors are encouraged to download the Glide Parking App on iPhone or Android which will allow them to pay for parking without using the payment machines, which will eliminate the need to queue.

>> Will I need to wear a face mask when visiting?

It is currently not compulsory to wear a face mask when shopping or visiting the supermarket, however, Fishergate Centre bosses say visitors are welcome to wear face coverings and gloves during their visit.

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More information can be found on the Fishergate Centre website