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Meadowhall Christmas shopping rules and opening hours in Tier 3

Written by on 01/12/2020

With the national lockdown in England due to end on December 2, Meadowhall is gearing itself to open back up to more customers.

In line with Tier 3 restrictions in place across South Yorkshire, all non-essential stores can reopen their doors to shoppers once again.

And Meadowhall has been busy making sure visitors will be safe with a one way “keep left” system, hand sanitising stations and enhanced cleaning regimes in place.

Every visitor must also wear a face covering unless exempt for medical reasons.

Managers are also using a digital footfall tracking system to make sure that everyone is able to maintain social distancing.

If the centre becomes particularly busy, shoppers may be asked to queue outside and car parks may also temporarily close.

Shoppers are being encouraged to visit outside of peak times if they can with quieter hours usually seen after 6pm Monday to Friday.

Throughout December, Meadowhall will be open from 8am to 11pm Monday to Saturday and 10.30am to 5.30pm on Sunday, with free parking available as usual.

Retailers such as Boots, Next and Primark have also extended their opening hours throughout December.

Darren Pearce, centre director at Meadowhall, said: “We’re really looking forward to welcoming visitors back to Meadowhall later this week.

“We know Christmas is going to be very different this year and so we’re doing everything we can to help everyone enjoy a safe shopping experience this festive season.”

As part of its festive preparations, the Christmas lights at Meadowhall have been turned on and there will be an Artisan Market.

Two gift card kiosks are also in place in the centre.

Below is everything we know about shopping at Meadowhall throughout December.

Outside Meadowhall

Tips for shopping at Meadowhall in the run up to Christmas

Plan ahead and visit during quieter times if you can

The centre will be closely managing its visitor numbers in the run up to Christmas to make sure that everyone can maintain social distancing.

Visitors may be asked to queue outside if it gets particularly busy.

Entrances that have covered queuing areas include the main dome entrance (Red and Yellow car parks) and the M&S entrance (Pink car park).

Car parks may also temporarily close if the centre and queuing systems reach capacity.

If you can you are asked to visit outside of peak times, which are usually after 6pm from Monday to Friday.

Follow safety measures and bring a face covering

You should wear a face covering at all times within Meadowhall unless you are exempt for medical reasons.

It is also important to keep a safe distance from others and to follow the centres one way keep left system as well as using hand sanitising stations.

Consider click and collect

Many retailers in the centre offer a click and collect service, meaning you can place your order in advance and collect at a time to suit you.

There is a full list of retailers offering this service on the Meadowhall website.

There is also the option of Collect+ that is located on Lower High Street outside Wilko.

Visitors can pick up or drop off their Collect+ item anytime within Meadowhall’s opening hours.

Pick up takeaway food at the end of your visit

Cafes, restaurants and bars have to remain closed under Tier 3 restrictions.

However, some are offering a takeaway or delivery service. You are asked to pick up any food and drink that you want at the end of your visit so that you can take it home to enjoy.

Government guidelines restrict customers from consuming food and drink while still at Meadowhall.

Extended opening hours

Some retailers are extending their opening hours throughout December to help shoppers get what they need.

These include Boots until 10pm, Next until 10pm and Primark until 11pm.