Planning Your Visit

Following government guidance, many of our stores are now open. Some of our cafes and restaurants are also preparing to reopen from 4th July.

Please note that our retailers, restaurants and leisure sites may be working to slightly different timescales for their reopening. They may also be implementing new systems to help everybody to stay safe, so please always check with them directly before setting off.

Most of our cafes and restaurants will continue to offer a takeaway or delivery service only for now.

You can find out what’s open here.

To make sure everyone can keep a two-metre distance while in our centre, we will be closely managing our visitor numbers. If we become particularly busy, we may ask you to queue considerately in a designated area outside, and we may also temporarily close our car parks.

A number of stores will be trialling a ‘traffic light’ system which uses red and green signals to indicate if visitors are able to enter or not, depending on capacity. If a store is displaying a red sign, we ask visitors to please keep moving throughout the centre.

 When green is displayed, please enter the store to shop. When red is displayed the store is at capacity. Please do not enter and keep moving.

Getting here and heading home

From 15th June, we’re making some temporary changes to help keep everyone safe while visiting us, which may affect your usual travel arrangements.

Entrances and exits
Your usual way of entering Drake Circus may have changed, as we’re implementing a one-way ‘keep right’ system to help support social distancing. Please follow the onsite signage and only use the designated crossing points.

Car parks
We’ve adapted our car parks to help everyone keep a safe distance when visiting us. We have a one-way system in place for pedestrians so please look out for signage when you arrive, and click here to find out more detail.

For car park payments, we encourage you to download the app, Glide, to make easy, contactless payments via your phone and avoid queues.

Please note that the usual car parking charges will be reinstated from 15th June 2020. Find out more here

Other ways to travel
Cyclists can make use of the bike racks on Cornwall Street outside the M&S Foodcourt entrance, and there are also bike racks available on level -2 of The Barcode in the lift lobby.

Updates to our facilities and services
To help keep our customers and colleagues safe while visiting us, we are making some changes to the facilities and services we are currently able to offer.

Please visit our Facilities and services page to find out more.

Many of our retailers offer a click and collect service, meaning that you can place your order in advance and collect at a time to suit you. Find out more here.

Stay safe
The wellbeing of our colleagues and customers is our number one priority and so we’re introducing new measures to keep Drake Circus as safe as possible for everyone.

This means that some things may look a little different next time you visit us, so please look out for:

  • Hand sanitising stations
  • New signage to help everyone keep a two-metre distance from others
  • One-way/ keep right systems to help with social distancing
  • Plexiglass screen barriers at our visitor desks

Our colleagues have all been provided with suitable PPE such as masks and gloves to help them carry out their roles safely. We’re also continuing with our enhanced cleaning regimes, including regular cleaning of key touchpoints throughout each day.

We will be closely managing visitor numbers, so we can be confident that everyone can maintain social distancing.

You can help everyone to stay safe by:

  • Staying at home if you, or anyone in your household, has symptoms of Covid-19
  • Washing your hands regularly
  • Keeping a two-metre distance from people outside of your household
  • Using contactless payments wherever possible

In line with government guidance, we’re also asking visitors to shop by themselves wherever possible, and to keep household groups to a minimum if not.

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