The LDO (London Designer Outlet) comes out of hibernation next week.
The outlet will open on Monday 15th June.
The government’s decision to relax the lock measures only apply to retail stores for now.
All non-essential retail shops to reopen in England from Monday 15 June, provided they follow government guidelines to keep staff and customers as safe as possible.From Gov Uk
Shops, department stores and shopping centres that have been closed since March will be able to reopen from Monday 15 June, provided they put in place the necessary steps to keep their workers and customers safe. This is the latest step in the careful restarting of the economy and will enable high streets up and down the country to spring back to life.Business Secretary Alok Sharma.
Personal service companies such as hairdressers, nail bars and beauty salons, and the hospitality sector remain closed due to ‘the risk of transmission in these environments is higher where long periods of person to person contact is required’, the government has reported.
The Restaurants at London Designer Outlet in Wembley Park might not open until 4th July, the Business Secretary confirmed.
Social distancing measures
- Shorter opening times: 10 am to 5 pm from Monday to Friday
- Contactless payment – ‘… once open most stores will only be accepting card or contactless payments, please follow instructions from store staff when making a purchase’
- Cleaning stations – The LDO will provide ‘…sanitising stations – throughout the centre’
- Customer limits – Limits on the number of customers in-store
- One-way flow system – Some stores may include a one-way flow system
- Outside queues – Outside queues with two-metre distancing
- Protective screens – Protective screens at checkout
- Deep cleaning – Regular deep cleaning
- Staff wear masks – Staff wearing masks and gloves
- Signage – There are ‘floor markings throughout the centre which show where you should walk to ensure you keep 2 metres between yourself and others’.
The lockdown measures have been a critical step to controlling the coronavirus spread which has led to enforced closures since March. Although social distancing measures have been put in place, the public will need to be extra careful when returning to the high street.
The longer the lockdown lasts the more difficult it will be for the high street to survive, so small businesses need your help more than ever. You can support your local high street at Help High Street.