Brewery Square announces essential new health and safety measures ahead of retailer re-openings

Following extensive detailed planning and background work, as lockdown restrictions are due to ease in the coming weeks, Dorchester’s Brewery Square is announcing the implementation of a variety of new measures to provide visitors with an enjoyable but safe shopping experience.

With the coronavirus pandemic significantly impacting the retail industry, staff at Brewery Square have been taking into account guidelines from the Government, the British Retail Consortium, and others. As a result, a detailed plan has been developed by Brewery Square to ensure the health and safety of all shoppers, staff, and retailers, with ongoing work continuing over the coming months to ensure all measures align with the latest advice and work in practice.

The plan includes several different measures. In line with social distancing guidelines, floor stickers will be placed in areas where queues are likely, helping shoppers comply with social distancing guidelines. Sanitising stations will be placed around the Square for visitor use, and daily door handle cleaning will take place across the whole site. Brewery Square is also ensuring all staff and contractors have access to PPE equipment, so they and shoppers feel comfortable and safe while at the Square.

With visitor and staff wellbeing at front of mind, Brewery Square has also made the decision for fountains to remain switched off until next year. Young children often enjoy playing in the fountains, and families can gather in close contact when switched on, so the decision to turn them off has been made to support social distancing.

Retailers at Brewery Square will gradually reopen in the coming weeks, led by Government advice. Brewery Square is supporting retailer reopening plans by offering health and safety guidelines, as well as providing them with additional floor stickers and PPE equipment if needed.

Various retailers have already been trialling new operational measures at the Square, including Seventh Seal which is currently opening its café part-time for takeaway coffees.The café is only allowing card payments, with two customers in the shop at any one time, two-metre queue markers outside and hand sanitiser available on entry.

Essential stores, including Moorland Express, Touts Pharmacy, and the Atrium Health Centre, remain open, with various other stores offering a home delivery service to the local community. These include Belle Modelle, Copper Street Brewery, Vinyl Van, The Highbrow Clinic and Aesthetics, Stems Florist, Woods Furniture and Loco Loves. Delivery information is available on the retailers’ own websites and social media channels for shopper information.

Charlotte Spracklen, centre manager at Brewery Square, commented: “Our highest priority is ensuring that our visitors feel safe when they shop with us and increasing health and safety measures is key to achieving this. We also know how difficult this period has been for our retailers and restaurants and want to support them as much as possible to get their businesses back up and running again in a safe and sensible way. We want people to feel they can still have the shopping experience they know and love at Brewery Square, with our new COVID safety measures in place.”

Re-opening dates for retailers at Brewery Square are being led by Government advice and may be subject to change. Restaurants are currently working to a different Government timetable, and more information about their re-opening plans will be provided in due course.