New extended December shopping times as Merry Hill reopens

As intu Merry Hill prepares for the reopening of non-essential retail on Wednesday it has announced extended shopping hours for December.

The shopping centre now features new exterior panelling
The shopping centre now features new exterior panelling

In line with the latest Government Tier 3 guidance for Dudley, non-essential shops will reopen alongside food outlets offering takeaway or delivery services, but dine-in facilities at restaurants, bars and coffee shops will remain closed.

The Birerley Hill shopping centre is encouraging shoppers to visit during traditionally quieter times, such as early mornings and evenings on weekdays where possible.

From Wednesday, opening hours will be in place on weekdays from 8am to 9pm and from 8am to 8pm on Saturdays, except for Saturday, December 5 and Boxing Day when the centre will close at 7pm.

On Sundays throughout December the centre will be open between 11am and 5pm and on Christmas Eve the centre will be open from 8am until 5pm.

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Alongside enhanced cleaning measures, introduced across the centre at the start of the pandemic, visitors will find updated one-way floor markings, new signage at entrances to help visitors shop safely and regular reminder announcements to wear face coverings and keep a safe distance from others.

Continued close monitoring of capacity in the centre will also be in place to help allow shoppers to maintain safe social distancing and visitors may be asked to queue to enter during busier times. In line with the latest Government guidance on household mixing, shoppers will be asked to only visit the centre with members of their household or support bubble.

Rachael Jackson, general manager at intu Merry Hill said: “intu Merry Hill sits at the heart of the local community and we are looking forward to welcoming visitors back safely to the centre. As we do, we want to reassure all of our visitors that as retailers reopen their doors, we’ll continue to do everything we can to make sure the centre is a safe place to visit and work.

“When you visit us, you’ll see our hand sanitation stations in place across the centre, and we’ll continue to ask that all visitors do their part in keeping everyone safe by wearing face coverings, following our updated one-way marked routes and keeping their distance.

“We know that visiting the centre will continue to feel different over the festive season, and we’d like to thank our hard-working teams and everyone else for their ongoing support in following guidance.”

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