FAQ

Although essential services remained open during the lock down, we are delighted that the Fairhill Shopping Centre and the majority of retailers are now open.

Here’s what you need to know:

Centre’s Trading Hours

Monday to Wednesday: 9am – 6pm

Thursday and Friday: 9am – 9pm

Saturday: 9am – 6pm

Sunday: 1 – 6 pm

What stores are open?

We would ask you to visit https://www.fairhillshopping.co.uk/store_directory/ as some stores will be trading at reduced hours.

How do I access the Centre? What entrances are open?

The following entrances are open:

  • M&S (lower ground by the food hall)
  • Parkway at Debenhams
  • Thomas Street at Caffé Nero
  • Access from the top car park is via the lift which is nearest to Next.

All other entrances are closed including Fairhill Lane, off William Street, which is closed for health and safety reasons, as there is limited space around the entrance to the food court and the internal lift to it 다운로드.

Please note the Centre is operating an internal traffic light mobile application to monitor occupancy rate allowing for social distancing.  Staff will inform customers whether it is safe to enter, when it is green, and when it is red, the doors of the centre will close to new customers.

Do I have to queue?

Due to restrictions in capacity within the Centre and within the stores, queuing to enter both the Centre and a number of stores is possible. Queuing systems are in place within the Centre.

Will you be temperature checking shoppers and staff?

We are following government guidelines which means we won’t be carrying out temperature checks on entry for the time being. If this changes, we will let you know.

Will there be a limit to how long I can spend in the centre?

No limit will be applied to the amount of time you are able to spend in the centre.

Safety, Cleanliness and Social Distancing

Foot Flow & Guidance

  • A one-way system using highly visible floor mounted guidelines for shoppers to follow when walking through our entrances and malls is in place, with additional consideration given to areas with limited or restricted access 다운로드.
  • There are various crossover points throughout the mall which allows you to enter stores enabling our customers to navigate the centre safely and remain socially distanced at all times.
  • We would ask customers to remain in lane, social distanced and to be patient.
  • We have developed queuing systems with retailers using graphics and the two-metre social distancing rule where possible.
  • If there are no socially distanced spots, we would ask our customers to return when there is a dot available. Our staff will also be asking customers to move along in order to keep everyone safe.

Signage

  • Social distancing guidance will be situated at all of our entrances and throughout the Centre and all common areas such as toilets, corridors, stairwells, lifts, doors and common customer touch points.

Customer Sanitisation

  • Hand sanitisers are placed throughout the centre. They will be placed at the entrances, close to pay stations and around the centre for customer use 다운로드. There will also be increased in-centre cleaning at key touch points.
  • Sanitising stations will be checked and cleaned hourly by the mall cleaner when carrying out the cleaning patrol, and sanitising units will be checked at each entrance and cleaned every 30 minutes by the security guard positioned at each entrance.

Customer Facilities 

Are the lifts in use?

The majority of lifts will be operational but reserved for the elderly and those with mobility difficulties. Please observe all government guidelines regarding social distancing when using the lifts i.e. they operate on a one person only or a family unit.

Seating in the mall

Seating has been removed in line with social distancing measures to discourage the congregation of groups. The seats will be reinstated when we receive further guidance from government that the situation has improved.

I can’t stand for long periods, what support is available to me in the centre and in the queue?

If you notify us in advance, by emailing meganreid@fairhillshopping.co.uk, we may be able to assist 다운로드.

Children’s rides

The children’s rides have been removed and will be installed in a retail unit.

Changing rooms

As per government guidelines all changing rooms within shops are closed until further notice.

Are the ATMs available?

ATMs are at the following locations:

  • Below the food court stairs – Note Machine
  • Beside Boots – Danske Bank ATMs
  • On exit from M&S food hall – Ulster Bank ATM

Is cash being accepted at stores or will it be card payment only? 

Please check with our individual retailers, however, we expect many shops to accept card payment only and you should be prepared to pay by card.

Toilets – what arrangements are in place?

All washroom facilities will be available including male and female toilets, the disabled toilet and baby changing rooms. Customers may have to queue as we will be operating a one in one out system to maintain capacity limits and social distancing measures.

There are sanitising stations at the entrance. It is NOT recommended that hand driers are used during this COVID-19 pandemic. We will be providing paper towels and waste bins.

The toilets are closed beside the Food Court 다운로드.

Is the baby changing unit open?

The facility will operate as normal with extra sanitising in place. If the facility is abused, we will need to reconsider and possibly temporarily withdraw the facility.

Can I bring my family with me?

We would ask, where possible, that you limit those coming into the Centre. Please do note that there is no seating or play areas within the Centre. Please also note that children are the responsibility of parents or those adults accompanying them and we request that they keep them close in order to maintain social distancing.

It is possible that some stores will have queues and each store will be limiting their capacity in addition to the Centre. Please take this into consideration if you’ve small children.

Do I need PPE?

Whether you choose to wear PPE is your decision. Our staff will be wearing protective gloves and masks.

Wheelchairs

If a customer requires a wheelchair, we would ask that they bring their own wheelchair, however our staff will be able to assist any visitors who notify us 24 hours in advance that they need to avail of a centre’s wheelchair for the duration of their visit.

I am in a vulnerable / at risk group – do I get priority access?

It is recommended that you sign up to the Fairhill newsletter which will offer guidance on the most likely quiet times for the Centre.

Can I buy gift vouchers?

Gift vouchers can still be purchased; however, we would ask that you contact centre management 24 hours in advance on tel. 028 2565 1199 or send your email to meganreid@fairhillshopping.co.uk, who will deal with your request. The Centre management team is looking at a contactless payment option for gift vouchers.

All gift vouchers with an expiry date from March 2020 will be valid until 31/12/20

Food Amenities

Is the Food Court open?

Our food court is open, but it will operate a take away service only.

A one-way system will be in place where customers will go up the escalator where you use the pink dots as social distance markers. There are no tables or chairs to use in the food court. We would ask that you exit using the stairs and that you eat your food off site.

We would also ask that you use the waste bins external to the Centre to get rid of your waste rather than litter.

Please adhere to the social distanced dots, respective queues for Chopstix, Subway and Burger King. If there is no dot, please return when there is one available.

Is the restaurant Sorrento open?

Given the current government guidelines the restaurant is closed until further notice.

Is M&S restaurant open?

It is not open, and the second floor is only being used for exiting the building.

Is Starbucks open?

It is open and will only be running a takeaway service; there are no tables or chairs, sanitiser wipes will be issued for cups and staff will be wearing PPE. Cough screens will also be in place.

Communication 

Messaging, advice and guidance will be active on our website and where possible, across all of our digital platforms advising shoppers of social distancing measures, queuing systems and action we’ve taken given government guidance.

The centre management, sanitising teams and security staff will also be available to assist and guide customers through the centre in a way that limits contact with others.

Parking

Both the multi-storey car park and rooftop car park will be open. We will need to exercise social distancing in the car parks, stairwells and lifts as per government guidelines. Car parks will operate as per their normal hours.

While car parks are open it is important to note that not all entrances are operational. The entrance from the roof top car park will be via the lift at Next only and from the multi storey, will be via the food hall at M&S or the entrance by Debenhams. Normal car park charges apply.

Please be assured that the appropriate sanitising/ cleaning measures have been put in place at all pay points and at the car park barriers and other key touch points.

Do we need to park two metres apart in the car park?

Guests do not need to park any differently. However, we ask customers to maintain a safe distance when entering and leaving your vehicle.

Are the pay stations contactless?

The two pay stations (at Debenhams entrance/exit and M&S food hall) will allow for contactless payment with a receipt facility available. The four exit barriers will also be going contactless later in June/early July, however there is no receipt facility available.

Waste

We would ask that our customers hold on to their rubbish until they vacate the building and use the bins at the entrances/exits. We would also ask that waste including masks and gloves are NOT discarded in the car park and that these too are placed in the bins provided.

Emergencies and First Aid 

If someone takes unwell within the Centre, please engage with one of the Centre management team or security who will assist as necessary.

In the event of fire, normal fire evacuation processes will be in place.

Smoke free zone 

Until further notice the Centre, which includes external entrance and exit areas belonging to the Centre, are smoke free zones (this includes vaping). This also includes our service yards. This is in order to maintain the health and safety of all personnel.