A number of essential retail and hospitality outlets have remained open in two of the region’s largest shopping centres under Tier 4 restrictions.
Greater Manchester was placed into Tier 4 restrictions following the second official review of the UK government’s system last Wednesday, which has seen all Greater Manchester residents told to “stay at home” and not leave / be outside of their home except for specific purposes.
All hospitality and non-essential retail has thus closed – except for takeaway, drive-through or delivery services – as well as all indoor leisure and entertainment venues having closed too.
But a selection of businesses in Manchester Arndale and the Trafford Centre have remained open.
This “partial opening” of the two shopping centres is permitted under Tier 4 restrictions to provide visitors with a range of services deemed essential.
Manchester Arndale is currently open to provide access to a number of essential retail services.
Additionally, a selection of retailers have also chosen to provide a Click & Collect service, and a number of food outlets are also offering takeaway and delivery services in line with Tier 4 regulations, with the mall asking shoppers to consume takeaway food and drink outside the centre as sitting inside the centre is not permitted.
Shoppers are encouraged to check the website of the stores they wish to visit as opening times may vary.
In line with government guidelines, visitors are required to wear face coverings upon entry to the centre, and in all stores and communal areas throughout, except fo those with medical conditions and disabilities who are exempt to the rule, along with children under the age of 11.
Customers will also be required to wear face coverings when ordering takeaway food and drink from shops.
The list of shops and hospitality businesses currently open in Manchester Arndale are:
- Apple (Click & Collect)
- Argos (Click & Collect)
- Arndale Market
- Cafe Nero (Takeaway Only)
- Chopstix (Takeaway Only)
- Costa Market Street & Winter Garden (Takeaway Only)
- Currys PC World (Click & Collect)
- Euro Change Lower & Upper Mall
- Five Guys (Takeaway Only)
- Greggs Lower & Upper Mall (Takeaway Only)
- Hasty Tasty (Takeaway Only)
- Holland & Barrett
- i Smash
- Krispy Kreme (Takeaway Only)
- KFC (Takeaway Only)
- Lush (Click & Collect)
- McDonalds (Takeaway Only)
- Metro Bank
- Nespresso (Click & Collect)
- Next (Click & Collect)
- Over the Rainbow
- Pandora (Click & Collect)
- Post Office
- Starbucks (Takeaway Only)
- Subway Upper Mall (Takeaway Only)
- Taco Bell (Takeaway Only)
- Vision Express
- Vodafone (Takeaway Only)
- WH Smith
You can find more information via the Manchester Arndale website here.
The Trafford Centre is also “partially open” as Greater Manchester kicks off the new year in Tier 4.
The shopping centre will be giving customers access to essential services including pharmacies, opticians and the M&S Foodhall, and several food outlets will also be staying open to offer takeaway, as well as Click & Collect, and virtual services.
Mirroring that of Manchester Arndale and according to government regulations, face coverings must be worn at all times – unless exempt – and all food and drink must be consumed outside the centre.
Opening times of each store may vary.
A statement on the Trafford Centre website writes: “We’ve always put the safety of visitors and staff first and we’d like to say an enormous thank you to our customers for doing their part and our amazing staff for keeping The Trafford Centre clean and safe.”
The list of shops and hospitality businesses currently open in the Trafford Centre are:
- M&S Food
- Holland and Barrett
- Vision Express
- Optical Express
- Burger King
- Five Guys
- Frankie & Benny’s
- Gourmet Burger Kitchen
- Haute Dolci
- Krispy Kreme
- Pizza Hut
- Slim Chickens
- Tru Street
Three entrances to the Trafford Centre will remain open in Tier 4 – the lower entrance next to Debenhams, the entrance next to Namco Funscape, and the lower entrance next to John Lewis.
You can find more information via the Trafford Centre website here.
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