Friday June 5th 2020

Woking Shopping is introducing a new series of measures which puts safety first for every visitor to the popular retail destination as more stores prepare to reopen in the coming weeks.

The measures include organised social distancing queues supported by floor stickers and signposting, one way systems, the provision of hand sanitisers at entry and exit points, new signage and an enhanced cleaning regime – all of which are designed to ensure maximum hygiene and safety in every area.

Woking Shopping, which has technology in place to monitor visitor numbers and capacity, will also be implementing a specialist disinfection service which will remove any bacteria and viruses from all surfaces, contact areas and touch points every night before opening. Staff will also be on hand to provide further assistance.
 
In line with government restrictions introduced in March, only essential retailers have remained open, such as Boots, Superdrug, Sainsbury’s, Holland & Barrett, Santander as well as Yorkshire and Nationwide Building Societies. 
 
However, the centre, which incorporates Peacocks, Wolsey Place and Market Walk, said it expects more shops to open later this month following the government’s announcement that non-essential retailers can reopen from June 15.
 
“The safety of our visitors, retailers and staff are paramount, which is why we’re introducing a comprehensive range of robust measures which are not only designed to ensure maximum protection but which provides everyone with the confidence they need to shop safely and comfortably.”
- John-Paul Jackson, Woking Shopping Centre Manager
 
Woking Shopping is home to some of the UK’s most popular retailers with over 150 stores, including Primark, Next, H&M, New Look, JD Sports, Clarks and French Connection. 
 
Several retail brands are expected to announce their own reopening plans over the next few weeks while food outlets are expected to remain temporarily closed pending further government guidance. Woking Shopping said it will also be working closely with its retail brands to provide them with any support they need to ensure a safe reopening.

“With everyone’s health and wellbeing in mind, we’re committed to reopening safely, gradually and in a controlled manner and we’re really looking forward to welcoming everyone back in the weeks ahead. I would also like to thank visitors and staff for all their cooperation and support so far.”
- John-Paul Jackson, Woking Shopping Centre Manager
 
Meanwhile, Woking Borough Council is urging residents and visitors right across the borough and in every neighbourhood to continue to observe social distancing guidelines in all outdoor public spaces and parks which it said are essential to help keep everyone safe.

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