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Freshney Place to open to the public tomorrow – with extended opening hours

Freshney Place to open to the public tomorrow – with extended opening hours

In a bid to put the safety of shoppers first amid the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions easing, Freshney Place will open once again to the public from tomorrow, but with extended opening hours, the centre has announced.

The centre will be open to the public from 8am until 5.30pm from Monday 12 April to Saturday 17 April.

On Sunday 18 April, opening hours will be 10.30am to 4.30pm.

During the national lockdown, only essential shops have been allowed to stay open to the public. In Freshney Place, these shops included Poundland, Boots, Marks & Spencer, Holland & Barrett, Superdrug and Vision Express.

But from tomorrow, the UK will once again see non-essential shops open to the public, as part of the government’s roadmap to ease the country out of the Covid-19 lockdown.

Face coverings will still be required in Freshney Place, as will requirements for social distancing.

If you plan to venture to the shopping centre tomorrow, you should ideally do so alone or with your household.

The guidelines on the government website reads: “From Monday 12 April additional premises will be able to reopen – with the rules on social contact applying. Indoor settings must only be visited alone or with household groups, with outdoor settings limited to either six people or two households.”

Fitting rooms will be allowed to open to the public, but this will be up to the individual store and at their discretion.

Communities Secretary Rt Hon Robert Jenrick MP said: “To support businesses to reopen and recover, I’ve extended measures to allow shops to stay open for longer. This is part of a package of support to help reopen our shops and high-streets safely – backed by £56 million.

“This will provide a much-needed boost for many businesses – protecting jobs, reducing pressure on public transport and supporting people and communities to continue to visit their high streets safely and shop locally.”

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