Winsford prepares to reopen

5 June 2020

Winsford Town Centre is preparing for the next phase of tackling COVID-19 as restrictions are reduced in the high street. 

Signage is in place around the town centre to remind shoppers and workers that the virus is still present, and it’s still important to maintain two metre distancing.

Winsford Cross Shopping centre has remained open since the lock down in March with 14 essential retailers serving the public. 

In anticipation of an additional 15 retailers reopening in the centre from 15 June several changes have been made in line with Government and Public Health England guidance. 

Next week the centre will be testing its ‘new normal’ within the Shopping Centre environment. 

The new measures are to keep both shoppers and staff safe. The need for social distancing and regular hand washing remains.
  • new signage has been installed in and around the centre
  • non-essential items have been removed to increase the floor area
  • cleaning regimes have changed, focusing on touch points
  • a hand sanitiser dispenser will be installed in the entrance to the centre for use before entering the building
  • there will be a new one-way system. To help control the number of people there will also be reduced entrances, each entrance (Upper and Lower Dingle and Jubilee Way) will have a security officer counting customers in to keep a steady flow and ensure social distancing is maintained.
  • all customers will be directed to keep left with the atrium in the middle of Dingle being used as a roundabout so customers, can exit via Jubilee or continue up Dingle Upper (towards Pondas Chemist)
  • the Town Centre Manager will be monitoring the activities through the day to ensure the smooth running
Councillor Karen Shore, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transport, Cheshire West and Chester Council said: "After so long being closed it’s encouraging that our high streets and shops can slowly reopen. Winsford Cross will use next week to test the new ways of opening. 

“This is an evolving situation and they may need to change any one of the measures. Opening safely will need cooperation and understanding from shoppers to keep everyone safe.”

Winsford market also plans to fully reopen on 15 June subject to Government confirmation. In line with the guidance and for safety, the number of customers entering the market will be managed and social distancing reminders will be in place.

All food and drink sales will be for takeaway only and not for consumption inside the market. Many traders also now provide collection and home delivery services, they can be contacted directly to arrange.

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