It is not yet clear which stores will reopen, and it is important to note that stores will only be able to open if they can follow strict guidelines and risk assessments established by the government.
That said, intu bosses have already set the wheels in motion in terms of planning to increase buyer traffic at the Trafford Center.
A Trafford Center spokesperson said Manchester Evening News that a a plan has been developed to ensure the safety of all who visit or work there.
The plan includes new social distancing and hygiene procedures and more support to help brands reopen their stores safely.
The plan was developed by a working group of intu experts who used a set of common central principles for the 14 intu shopping destinations across the UK as well as research with visitors shopping centers.
This includes limiting the number of people and cars allowed to enter the center at a time, with certain parking bays closed, and there will be a series of other measures, including one-way systems, stickers at the ground and staff training to ensure that visitors stay socially. distanced.
The improved hygiene regimes that were introduced at the start of the epidemic will continue, with more thorough cleaning of key areas and contact points like escalators, toilets and keyboards. These measures remained in place while the intu Trafford Center provided vital access to essential services during the lockout period. Hand hygiene stands will also remain at entrances and other locations in the center for visitors to use during their visit.
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It has also been confirmed that personnel at the Trafford Center will receive personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure their safety.
The plan is fully communicated to intu Trafford Center brand customers, who will continue to receive support to help them reopen safely and in accordance with government guidelines, such as queue areas in shopping malls for guarantee social distance in stores. .
Matthew Roberts, CEO of Intu, said, “Intu is the largest owner of most of our branded customers, so we have worked to help them plan to reopen their stores as soon as possible and safely.
“Intu experts have formed a specialist working group that has examined everything we need to manage the intu Trafford Center and our other centers in the safest possible way, with a set of common core principles for the portfolio and individual plans for each center.
This includes working with our branded customers and providing them with all the support they need to reopen safely, as well as new social distancing and hygiene procedures to keep everyone who visits or works safe. our centers.
“We have implemented improved cleaning regimes and hand hygiene stands in each center, measures to limit the number of visitors and ensure that they stay socially distant once inside, and have given our staff the protective equipment they need to stay safe.
“We know we can’t do it alone and everyone who visits our centers for work or shopping will play their part in keeping themselves and others safe by following official guidelines and the safety instructions and information provided. by our teams. Our teams have worked hard to keep our centers clean and safe during the lockdown and we are extremely grateful to them, and we would also like to thank our customers and brand visitors for all their cooperation and patience so far . “