As Lockdown 2.0 comes into force across England the Government has stipulated that the public must now only go out to buy essentials, or for education/work, to exercise or for medical reasons.
Many of the businesses at The Brunel shopping centre and The Crossing in Swindon Town Centre are permitted to trade during the lockdown. Some may be operating differently, for instance offering take-away or delivery food only, or only a click and collect service, but for others it is business as usual.
For essential food supplies Marks & Spencer food hall, Holland & Barrett, Grape Tree, Delikatesy Smaczek, Poundland and, until 14 November, Sainsburys are all open as normal.
Opticians and registered podiatrists are this time being allowed to continue seeing patients so Boots Opticians, Vision Express and White Horse Opticians are all open, as is Professional Footcare. The main Boots store, including the pharmacy, is also available for essential supplies and medicines.
During the first lockdown many of The Crossing’s tenants successfully adapted their food businesses by introducing takeaway or delivery services so this time around none of the businesses have had to stop trading. Sit-down dining is not allowed during the current restrictions so the seating areas have had to be cordoned off, or removed, but all businesses will either deliver food to you, or are operating a take-away service.
For this lockdown The Government has allowed many retailers to operate click and collect services, albeit with certain rules in place, and so many of The Brunel’s other stores are now also able to trade in this way and a list of these is available on Facebook.
Charlotte Jarrett, Manager of The Brunel shopping centre, said: “We recommend that you check that the retailer or food business you need to visit is open before you plan your essential trip. Most businesses are using their social media or website to communicate the details of how they are operating during this lockdown so please make sure you check there first. Or you can phone them. A list of phone numbers for The Brunel and The Crossing businesses is on our website, www.thebrunel.co.uk.”
For details of all the shops and other businesses in Swindon Town Centre go to www.swindontowncentre.co.uk