Opening hours have been revised at North Staffordshire’s biggest shopping centre – as only three shops remain open for business.
Home Bargains, Well Pharmacy and Holland and Barrett are still open within Affinity Staffordshire, in Talke, because they are providing an ‘essential’ service.
It comes as the rest of its shops – including M&S, Nike and Sports Direct – have closed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The latest change to the centre’s opening hours came into force over the weekend.
- Home Bargains is now open 9am to 6pm Monday to Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sundays;
- Well Pharmacy is now open 2pm to 6pm Monday to Friday and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays;
- Holland and Barrett is now open 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday.
The centre’s toilets have also been closed to customers.
An Affinity Staffordshire spokesman said: “As prompted by the Government’s response to COVID-19, all non-essential stores are closed. Our three essential stores – Well Pharmacy, Home Bargains and Holland and Barrett – are open to those who need it.
“Our security, cleaning and management teams are working around the clock to keep our centre in a safe, working order.
“Because of this, we urge all customers to respect the measures put in place to help us maintain a safe shopping environment for both our staff and visitors.
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“Extra measures have been taken to contain the risk of the virus. There is a strict queuing system in place. All visitors must follow the queuing system and keep two-metres apart at all times.
“Only the Home Bargains entrance will be open. Certain areas of the mall will be contained to avoid any risk of contamination.
“We would like to thank every hard-working member of staff who has continued to work through these tough times.
“We simply ask all customers to shop in a calm and respectful manner, follow Government guidelines at all times, stay safe and remain positive.”