Covent Garden to reopen on 15 June
World famous London shopping area Covent Garden, which would usually be buzzing with tourists at this time of year, will be welcoming back customers with new social distancing measures in place, as shops gear up to reopen their doors on Monday 15 June - for the first time since lockdown began.
The focus is on new measures to create a safe environment for all and retailers opening on Monday include Chanel, Charlotte Tilbury, Dior and Tiffany & Co., all having optimised their stores in line with government guidelines on social distancing, with specific signage, marked queuing systems and hand sanitiser.
Covent Garden will be home to innovative retail experiences with some of its fashion and beauty stores trialling new social-distanced customer services, offering customers both a safe physical experience as well as digitally enhanced shopping.
British luxury leather accessories brand Mulberry will offer both one-on-one and virtual store appointments, while Tiffany & Co. will be offering a dedicated concierge service, one-to-one tailored appointments and virtual styling sessions.
Charlotte Tilbury will be running a click/call-and-collect service and will look to host its famous masterclasses over Zoom in the upcoming weeks.
A new one-way system has been introduced into Covent Garden’s iconic Market Building, alongside social distancing signage, to ensure shoppers can continue to enjoy the landmark setting safely.
An estate-wide uniform approach to queuing is being introduced, and hand sanitiser stations will be available across the Covent Garden estate, which itself will be cleaned regularly each day for the increased safety of visitors.
A new public seating area has also been installed for visitors to Covent Garden’s famous Piazza, allowing shoppers to sit within the historic area in safe, social distanced spacing, ahead of al fresco restaurants opening in the coming weeks.