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Isn't it strange how the every day becomes a novelty? This year - we have all learnt to appreciate the simpler things in life like dropping into the city centre for a spot of retail therapy. The coronavirus full lockdown earlier in the year meant that keen shoppers had to abstain from shopping on the high street for approximately 80 days.

Over the summer, more and more your favourite shops in NewcastleGateshead reopened safely and welcomed back fashionistas, self-proclaimed interior designers and happy shoppers to indulge in a little retail therapy. New measures were put in place inside shops and on the high streets across the city centre and shopping hubs in the region.

During the current wave of local lockdown restrictions in the North East, it is vital to visit Newcastle and Gateshead safely to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. Read on for our guide to how to shop safely and maintain social distancing in NewcastleGateshead.

Which shops have reopened in NewcastleGateshead?

A full breadth of shops have reopened responsibly and within government guidelines across the region - ensuring a fun but safe shopping experience for both customers and staff.

One of the first department stores to reopen in NewcastleGateshead was Fenwick Newcastle - a historic staple in the Newcastle shopping scene – which made a number of adjustments to how it operates in a coronavirus world. Popular shopping centres intu Eldon Square in Newcastle city centre and intu Metrocentre in Gateshead have also safely reopened with an increased number of their shops and traders now open for business. Grainger Market, the city's indoor market, which has been running a delivery service during the lockdown, is also open for shoppers to drop in.

What safety measures are in place around social distanced shopping?

If you decide to start shopping in Newcastle city centre, rest assured that organisations like Newcastle City Council, Northumbria Police, NE1 and the NHS Trust have been working closely to ensure that the city is a safe and welcoming place for people.

Shoppers in Newcastle will notice:

  • A new one-way pedestrian system around the city, particularly along major high streets like Northumberland Street to help visitors practice social distancing and move around the city. You will need to walk up one side of the street and down the other.
  • Don’t worry - cones, tape and new vinyl markings will be in place to help signpost the walking routes and indicate 2m distances as well as queuing areas.
  • Helpful ‘City Hosts’ will be on hand around Newcastle city centre in the first few weeks to help you navigate the new walking systems and answer any questions you might have.
  • A queuing system will be in place outside shops to help monitor how many people are allowed into shops and stagger business.
  • Shops and businesses will undoubtedly be different from before the lockdown and may not have all areas open or request you follow a one-way system within the shop as well as limiting the number of visitors allowed inside the shop at one time.
  • Screens at tills and service points.
  • Shops will be encouraging contactless payment to help limit the spread of covid-19.
  • You are encouraged to shop alone which will help with social distancing and managing crowds.

Things to consider before you visit NewcastleGateshead to shop

  • It’s mandatory to wear a face covering inside shops.
  • Please only shop with other members of your household or support bubble.
  • It is currently advised under new local lockdown restrictions (from 18 September) that the use of public transport is limited to essential journeys only. 
  • Shop opening hours may have changed so we recommend checking before you travel.
  • Try to avoid arriving at the beginning of the day and busy periods to avoid unnecessary queuing before a shop opens. 
  • Ensure you continue to regularly wash your hands and use hand sanitiser where washing isn’t possible.
  • Please don’t leave the house if you have coronavirus symptoms or suspect you have coronavirus.
  • Expect to queue - so be patient! 

It’s great to see Newcastle and Gateshead begin to reopen and we hope you are safe and well too. We will continue to update our website with information as the situation evolves. Take care.

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