Orchard Shopping Centre reveals re-opening plans

The Orchard Shopping Centre, Taunton has unveiled the new measures which have been put in place to keep shoppers safe and able to socially distance from next week ( Monday 15 June).

This includes a “keep left” system throughout the centre, augmented with floor tapes and graphics .

New signage has been introduced throughout the centre which will give shoppers guidance on social distancing and a number of sanitisation stations have been installed at every entrance to the Orchard Centre.

The centre has also increased its cleaning and housekeeping regimes, which will see a dedicated team sanitising all areas throughout the day.

“We are very pleased that we are able to re-open the Orchard Shopping Centre but with that it is very important that everyone abides by the social distancing rules,” said Keith Lowe, Orchard Centre Manager.

“We have everything in place for that to happen but it’s vital that shoppers take note of the new systems and adheres to them, for the safety of both visitors and the staff.

“We know this is all very new but we would also ask that everyone is respectful both to our employees and to each other.”

Trading times at the centre will remain unchanged, although individual retailers may be changing their opening hours.

“We would advise people to check our website or with the individual shops to see if they are operating at reduced hours”.

The passenger lifts will be available but primarily for elderly people or anyone with a mobility problem and again social distancing rules will apply.

The seating in the malls – which was removed at the beginning of the crisis – will not be replaced until the Government advises it is safe to do so,

Children’s rides and photo vending machines in the centre will also not be in use.

“Again we are appealing to everyone that they make sure that they stick to the social distancing rules while using the adjoining car parks, the stairs and the lifts,” said Keith.

“Even though the rules have been relaxed in terms of shops being able to re-open, it is still vitally important that everyone acts responsibly and follow the new systems in place.”