SPINNING Gate Shopping Centre in Leigh remains open to serve the community during the coronavirus outbreak.

A small number of stores that provide essential good and services will continue to welcome customers.

But the centre realises the "situation can change at anytime".

Spinning Gate Shopping Centre manager Karen Cox said: "During these unprecedented times, we understand how difficult it is for everyone.

"Following the latest Government announcement, a small number of our stores which provide essential goods and services remain open at present to serve our community in Leigh.

"These measure are to ensure communities can continue to function with the basic necessities, but we understand this situation can change at anytime.

"The community of Leigh continue to remain strong and fiercely loyal and understand the measures taken by the Government to reduce the potential risk of Coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading further.

"Hopefully, with these measures and combined with the help from the people of Leigh, we can reduce the time required to prevent further cases of the virus increasing."

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The centre is putting the safety of visitors and staff first in its approach.

Karen said: "We are continuing to communicate with our team, our visitors and retail staff regularly.

"We prioritise the safety and wellbeing of our staff, retail staff, shoppers and all visitors to the centre and are monitoring the situation closely to ensure everyone remains safe and risk free.

"We have implemented additional measures across the centre including: providing additional cleaning regimes, we have opened our automatic doors to enable shoppers to visit the centre without having to open our entrance doors, we have separated our mall benches to reduce the group gatherings and we have displayed posters at our entrance points to remind shoppers to remain 2m apart and not to gather in groups of more than two at any one time.

"Please continue to monitor NHS advice and take additional measures to protect and prevent the risk of COVID-19."