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Bluewater's Lakeland store reopens with social distancing measures in place

Another big brand name has reopened its doors at Bluewater shopping centre.

Lakeland is the latest company to get back up and running at the mall near Dartford with "comprehensive safety measures" introduced.

Lakeland has reopened in Bluewater with social distancing guidelines in place
Lakeland has reopened in Bluewater with social distancing guidelines in place

Social distancing rules are also being enforced to make sure customers and staff are protected.

The homeware chain opened again on Saturday with shoppers now welcomed back into the store after a detailed review updating "every aspect" of how the store will operate.

A limit on the number of customers in the store has been brought into force, floor markers, hand sanitising stations for customers and colleagues and enhanced cleaning regimes have all been introduced.

Staff have also been provided with personal protective equipment including face visors, face masks and gloves. Colleagues will also be wearing badges reminding the public to maintain a two-metre distance between shoppers.

The company is opening stores in phases to make sure they can be as safe as possible when welcoming back shoppers.

Signs at Bluewater shopping centre taken ahead of re-opening of non-essential shops. Covid-19 stock
Signs at Bluewater shopping centre taken ahead of re-opening of non-essential shops. Covid-19 stock

Neil Piggot, Lakeland’s retail director, said: “With extensive safety measures now in place we are thrilled to have reopened our Bluewater store.

"Pam, the store manager and the Bluewater team are looking forward to welcoming more customers back into store, and we’ll continue to follow all government advice to ensure the health and safety of our colleagues and customers.

"As we’ve all been spending more time at home recently, we’ve been cooking, baking and cleaning more than ever before and our knowledgeable team are looking forward to helping customers with even more advice and ideas.”

Bluewater reopened its doors when lockdown restrictions were eased on June 15.

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