A handful of stores will remain open in order to continue to provide essential supplies for customers including B&M, Boots, Superdrug, Holland & Barrett and Specsavers, while all non-essential stores will remain closed until further notice.
The centre will be open between 9am – 5.30pm Monday to Saturday, and 10am – 4pm on Sundays – although individual store opening hours might differ. On-site toilet facilities will remain accessible between 10am and 4pm. Our car park will also remain open with parking charges in operation.
Those wishing to use the Amazon lockers can continue to do so for parcel collections. All mall seating has been removed from the centre to ensure social distancing.
Dedicated entrance and exits remain in place to protect shoppers, with floor stickers in place to remind visitors to wear a face mask and keep their distance. Enhanced cleaning regimes continues to be implemented to sanitise common areas and visitor touchpoints. We also have several hand sanitiser dispensers available and we encourage customers to use these whenever they enter and exit a store.
Though disappointing, a new lockdown is a necessary step to control the spread of the virus across England and ensuring Middleton is compliant with the measures has proven straight forward following previous lockdowns and Tier 4 measures for Centre Manager Marie Gribben and the team.
“As is the general feeling right now across the country, we’re bitterly disappointed that we have to go into another lockdown,” explains Marie.
“However, after seeing the latest government figures and how quickly the virus is spreading, it is a necessary step to protect people and as before we are doing all we can to make Middleton a safe environment for people if they need to visit for essential supplies. Signage remains in place to remind people of the measures and guidance, and our team continues to be on hand should anyone need assistance,”
Marie adds, “We urge the community of Middleton to only visit the shopping centre if it is essential to do so, and to continue their excellent efforts of the past nine months in order to control the virus locally and play their part in helping the country to eventually move out of this latest lockdown.”