Shopping while safely social distancing in Leeds
10th June 2020
When it comes to retail, we’ve got bags and bags here in Leeds. From our large, modern shopping centres to the spectacularly beautiful arcades and historic markets, we believe we are the perfect shopping destination.
If you’ve missed popping into the fantastic array of shops that Leeds has to offer then you’ll be thrilled to see them reopening soon.
More than half of the shops will be reopening from 15th June*. The wonderful arcades, shopping centres and independent retailers haven’t moved an inch and are all looking forward to welcoming shoppers back at a safe distance of course! From 24th July, it is mandatory to wear a face covering when in the shops.
However, as we settle into the new normal of social distancing, it’s important that we adhere to the rules when we embrace the shops again. You may be asked to queue outside shops and to use contactless payment only. Luckily for us, Leeds is pretty well set up for this, with large open areas in Trinity and Victoria Leeds and long stretches of space in the arcades as well as the pedestrianised areas of Briggate and King Edward Street.
Leeds City Council has also been working hard to make sure the public spaces in city centres and towns are safe and ready for you to visit. You’ll see hand sanitising stations in place for the public, narrower streets and arcades becoming one way with markings in place to make it easy to follow, and new signage in busy areas with key information and a reminder to maintain two-metre social distancing at all times. You can read about more what has been put in place here.
For travelling into the city, we recommend walking or cycling if possible. If this isn’t possible, then avoid using public transport at peak times and you can also find plenty of car parks in the city centre. Advice around public transport is keep to social distancing, plan your journey ahead of time and always wear a mask. Buses and trains are running but capacity is limited and if you do need to use public transport you must wear a face covering. But when you’re in the city, remember Leeds is compact with a relatively small city centre so there’s no need to hop on public transport when you’re here to get from shop to shop.
*Please check with individual retailers before visiting.