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Bluewater set to reopen on April 12 as lockdown restrictions ease


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A shopping centre is ready to reopen - but you may have to queue to get in.

Bluewater, in Greenhithe, will welcome back shoppers on Monday as lockdown restrictions ease across the country.

Social distancing measures will be implemented
Social distancing measures will be implemented

The start of next week marks the next stage of Boris Johnson's 'roadmap', which will see non-essential retail, gyms and outdoor hospitality reopen to the public.

Hairdressers and other personal care outlets will also be allowed to open from April 12.

Due to an expected influx of eager shoppers, a queuing system for entry will be put in place if capacity is reached.

Senior centre director Robert Goodman advised the public to check the centre's website and social media platforms before setting off to avoid having to queue at peak times.

He added: "The entire team here at Bluewater is looking forward to welcoming our brand partners and guests back.

Signs at Bluewater shopping centre ahead of re-opening of non-essential shops
Signs at Bluewater shopping centre ahead of re-opening of non-essential shops

"The health and safety of everyone who visits our centre is our number one priority, as it has been throughout this crisis and we continue to follow the Government's guidelines.

"Our teams are incredibly experienced in keeping the centre safe and clean.

"A huge thank you to our team for all their hard work in preparing for this moment, they are now very well practiced in managing the re-opening of non-essential retail."

Enhanced cleaning procedures, hand sanitiser points and a one-way system will be implemented from Monday.

'Social distancing champions' will be deployed to assist guests and all centre staff will be provided with face coverings.

The centre will reopen on Monday, April 12. Picture: Landsec (45927877)
The centre will reopen on Monday, April 12. Picture: Landsec (45927877)

Signs and floor stickers will also be in place to remind people to keep a safe distance apart.

"We'd like to remind everyone that it's a legal requirement for all guests coming into the centre to wear a face covering," added Robert.

"And one-way systems, signs and floor stickers are there to keep everyone safe.

"We'll again be managing the capacity of the centre closely, and at busier times you may be asked to queue outside.

"We're very much looking forward to opening our doors again and welcoming people back for a safe and enjoyable experience at Bluewater."

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