Shopping in the Black Country
The government has advised that non-essential retail will be allowed to reopen from 15th June as it continues with steps to gradually ease the lockdown following the coronavirus outbreak.
Those retailers who choose to open their doors will need to make sure they're COVID secure. That means a variety of conditions need to be met to keep the public and staff safe. This might mean that some smaller branches of your favourite brands stay closed a little bit longer - it's advisable to check before you travel.
Dudley Council and shopping centre owners like intu are working on measures to guide visitors in major town centres across the borough to ensure government guidelines can be followed.
Signs, floor markers and one-way pedestrian access are also planned in some areas, so the public should be prepared to queue in some cases.
Some car parking bays could be temporarily suspended so they can be used to widen footpaths or to ensure the correct social distancing requirements can be met.
Check the list below to see how your shopping experience will change:
On road parking will be suspended on Stone Street, New Street and Fisher Street, however buses will operate as normal.
Parking bays on Hagley Road and Queensway will be suspended to extend the walkway and there will be a one way system in place throughout the town centre.
High Street will be temporarily pedestrianised between 9am and 4pm every day. There will be access down the centre of the road for deliveries and business drop offs and pickups. Buses that normally use High Street will be diverted.
Parking bays along High Street, Mill Street and Cottage Street will be suspended to allow the widening of the pedestrian walkway.
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There are restrictions on access to the centre with only entrances from the bus station, Argos and Next open at the moment. Toilet facilities are accessible at Eat Central.
The only car parks which remain open are the upper retail park, lower retail park (by Matalan) and the large car park outside Argos. These are subject to change after the centre reopens.
Some food outlets will be open for takeaway only and most stores will reopen their doors - an updated list can be found by clicking here.