Read the latest government guidance on coronavirus HERE.
From Monday 15 June, more of our shops reopened and we look forward to welcoming you back to Bristol Shopping Quarter.
Further businesses including cafes, cinemas, hair salons, cinemas and restaurants will be able to open from Saturday 4 July – further information HERE.
Things may seem a bit different when you visit and we wanted to give you an idea of what to expect.
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Keeping left, queues, and opening hours
To make it easier for everyone to maintain social distancing, we ask you to keep left when moving around Broadmead, where you will spot these guidance arrows and reminders. From Saturday 4 July, where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’. This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations to reduce the risk of transmission.
All shops will have limits on the number of people allowed to enter and you may have to queue at times – we know this may cause some delay but please be patient, listen to the advice from the queue marshals, and the store teams will do their best to get you inside as soon as possible.
Some shops will be operating amended hours to begin with; we advise checking with your favourites HERE or on their own websites/social media pages before travelling.
We’re continually looking at ways to make Bristol Shopping Quarter even safer for everybody, so we have increased our cleansing resources and the City Council are suspending some bus stops to allow more space for pedestrians.
From 15 June, the UK Government says you must wear a face covering when travelling on public transport. It is also recommended you wear them in enclosed public spaces where social distancing isn’t possible.
It is important to note face coverings alone cannot protect yourselves and others from viruses; hand washing, social distancing and other measures must also be followed. Please refer to UK Government guidelines.
You can use a scarf or a disposable face mask but may prefer to make or buy some washable cloth masks; you’ll find many suggestions online, including these from the Government’s website, which include instructions for upcycling old t-shirts.
Fabric Land on Bond Street has a fantastic selection of fabrics as well as the elastic or ribbons needed to hold a face covering in place, and Bristol Tailoring (also on Bond Street) will be happy to make one for you. Urban Tailor in The Galleries (pictured) kept busy making face coverings during lockdown, which are now available priced £5 each or three for £12. Beyond Retro on Broadmead and Damaged Society in The Galleries also sell face coverings.
As lockdown restrictions ease, pressure on public transport will increase and social distancing measures mean that buses and trains can take just a fraction of the number of passengers.
The UK Government has issued the following travel advice to protect public transport for those with no other travel options and to keep passengers safe:
- Stay alert;
- Continue to work from home and stay local;
- If you need to travel, walk, cycle or drive if you can;
- Only use public transport if you have no other travel options. This keeps services available for those that need it most;
- Capacity is just 25% of normal levels on buses and 10% on trains due to social distancing so avoid peak times if possible;
- Leave extra time for your journey;
- Keep your distance from other passengers, clean your hands frequently and use contactless payment;
- From 15 June, face coverings are mandatory on public transport. This includes bus, coach, train and ferry.
Cafes and restaurants
Some of our cafes and restaurants are open for for takeaways and deliveries only and will continue to operate this way after 4 July.
Those cafes and restaurants that do offer an eat-in service may ask you for your contact details, this is in line with government guidance, to make contact tracing easier if another customer tests positive for the virus.
Please remember social distancing guidelines apply – click HERE for the guidance that comes in on 4 July.
As at 1 July, we are expecting Showcase Cinema de Lux in Cabot Circus to reopen on Friday 10 July (further information HERE) and the Odeon Cinema in Broadmead to reopen on Thursday 16 July (further information HERE)
A smile and a ‘thank you’ goes a long way
We all know it’s going to take a little while for us to get used to all of the changes. We think the best advice is to be patient and kind to others and remember a ‘thank you’ goes a long way.
When you experience excellent customer service, do let us know via social media – Twitter, Facebook and Instagram – so we can give the people concerned a shout-out to let them know they’ve been appreciated.