Planning Your Visit

News — Planning Your Visit

 

Planning your visit
Great news – more of our stores are getting ready to open and we can’t wait to welcome you back.

We have been working closely with our stores and you’ll notice a few changes so you can shop with confidence and ensure we continue to look after each other.

Queuing

Social distancing signage has been placed throughout the Centre as well as queuing signage outside of some stores. Please try and avoid long queues and come back to any particular busy stores later.

Keep Left

We are asking shoppers to keep left with markers on the floors and staircases to assist and

Please be patient using stairs and escalators by leaving a 4 step gap between you and others. Use our lifts individually or in household groups.

Busy Times

The Centre is busiest between 10am and 1pm, please consider visiting later in the day. Supermarkets and banks are much quieter in the afternoon.

If the Centre becomes too busy, we may ask you to wait outside until visitor numbers reduce.

You can watch a short video of some of the measures we have put in place here: Safer Shopping

Opening times
The Centre’s core hours for stores is 9am to 5.30pm.

You can access the Centre between 7am and 6pm and all entrances are open.

Individual store times vary, especially at the Retail Park. Please check with each retailers’ page here

Cafes which are open are takeaway only at present.

Car parks

All car parks are open. Please only use disabled bays if you are a blue badge holder and family bays if you have young children.

Bus Station

The bus station is open. Bus services are operating with social distancing measures in place including the use of a face covering, using contactless payment where possible and with limited numbers of people allowed on buses. For information on timetables visit: https://www.gonortheast.co.uk/services

Are the toilets open?

Our public toilets can be found on the first floor and include disabled facilities and a changing places room. We have introduced social distancing in the public toilets with limited toilets and sink available to use and a queuing system in place for busy periods. Please speak to a member of staff if you need any assistance.

Baby Change

Our baby change room is open. We have introduced a higher level of cleaning in line with the World Health Organisation’s guidelines and have introduced social distancing in the public toilets with limited toilets and sink available to use and a queuing system in place for busy periods. Please speak to a member of staff if you need any assistance.

Can I use the lifts?

The lift from the bus station and also the lift in the Centre near Cooplands to access the first floor are in use with social distancing guidelines signed. Please use the lifts individually or with people from the same household only.

Wheelchair and Scooter hire

Our wheelchairs and scooters are available to hire. Please call 0191 416 7177 for reservations.

Do I need to wear a face mask?

Face masks are not required to visit the Centre as the Government guidelines state that they are not mandatory, however you are welcome to wear a face covering whilst visiting.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch: info@gallerieswashington.co.uk

Since lockdown was announced at the end of March, the Galleries has remained open to provide access to essential services such as pharmacies, supermarkets and banks.

The Centre has played a huge role in serving our community during these uncertain times and we would like to take this opportunity to thank the work our store colleagues and our Centre team have done, and continue to do, to ensure the Centre remains a clean and safe place to visit.

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