Staying safe when shopping

We are working with businesses across the borough to support the safe re-opening of non-essential retail. 

Remember that the shops will be open for long periods every day so try to do your shopping at different times and days to reduce the risk of crowding. 

As lockdown starts to be eased shoppers are asked to: 

  • Wear a face covering in shops and supermarkets.
  • Shop locally and walk or cycle to the shops if possible.
  • Wear a face covering if you must use public transport
  • Follow the guidance in public areas and in and around shops
  • Keep a safe distance away from others - 2 metres if possible.
  • Wash hands regularly or use hand sanitiser gel if soap and water aren't available
  • Use contactless payments in shops
  • Follow guidance on staying safe outside your home

Bury town centre main shopping areas

Bury Market

Our famous, vibrant Bury Market has been preparing to re-open and our Markets' Management Team and traders are looking forward to welcoming customers back. 

  • The vast majority of stalls at Bury Market will reopen on Monday 15 June.
  • The number of entrances and exits will be limited and a one-way system will be in place in some areas.
  • For the immediate future there will be a limit of 65 shoppers at one time on the indoor market.  
  • Hand sanitiser stations will be in place. 
  • Public toilets will be open.

For the latest information visit 

Mill Gate Shopping Centre

Mill Gate Shopping Centre has developed a detailed plan for welcoming back shoppers and re-opening non-essential shops. 

Not all stores will necessarily be open immediately and some may have reduced hours, so visitors are asked to check with stores or the Centre website before they make a special trip.

Some food and drink retailers will be open, but for takeaway and delivery services only.

Safety measures include: 

  • A 'keep left' system throughout the Centre to maintain customer flow and enable customers to social distance with ease.
  • Retailers encouraged to adopt a similar 'keep Left' strategy within their stores.
  • Managing queuing outside stores via social distancing markers and by prompting customers to come back later if a queue builds up.  
  • Monitoring entry to the centre will to ensure capacities are within social distancing limits with both signage and audible messaging on the Public Address system supporting this.
  •  Any closed entrances or exits are marked with clear 'No Entry' signage and alternative entrance or exit locations are provided.
  • Washroom facilities will be available - including male and female toilets, disabled toilets, and baby change rooms. These will be temporarily closed every 15 minutes for enhanced cleaning of touch points.
  • Hand sanitising stations  available throughout the Centre.
  • The car park will be operating a one-way system and only payable by card. Stairwells have been converted to one way to ensure there is no crossing on staircases.
  • The lifts are open, and guidance has been given to allow one visitor group at a time, with priority given to disabled customers.

For the latest information visit

The Rock

Stores will begin re-opening from Monday 15 June.  Opening dates and other useful information about individual stores is avialable at The Rock website.  Customers are also advised to check opening times and restrictions with individual retailers. 

Please be aware: 

  • There may be occasions where access to The Rock is restricted to allow social distancing measures to be observed. Many shops will also be restricting the number of shoppers allowed into store so visitors are advised to plan extra time for their trip.
  • The Rock does not have any public toilets and it is likely that the toilets within our retail stores will also be closed. Please keep this in mind when planning your visit.

To ensure the safety of visitors at The Rock the following safety measures are in place: 

  • Enhanced cleaning regimes, including the cleaning of all key touch points
  • Additional signage to assist everybody in following the latest social distancing guidelines
  • Visual cues to ensure everybody is maintaining a 2 metre distance between each other. If you're unsure about anything, please ask.
  • Teams are following a strict personal hygiene regime, including regularly washing hands, the use of disposable gloves and disposable face masks.
  • Installation of customer hand sanitising stations on the malls and in the lift lobbies

For the latest information visit


Council-owned public car parks will be open.  Car parks at Mill Gate Shopping Centre and The Rock Retail and Leisure will also be open.  

Public transport

Government advice is to walk, cycle or travel by car if you can but if you must travel by public transport, there are things you need to do help keep yourself and others safe:

  • You must wear a face covering when using public transport. The only exceptions are young children, people with breathing difficulties and people whose condition means they are unable to do so. 
  • Keep 2 metres apart from other passengers where possible.
  • Clean your hands frequently and carry a hand sanitiser with you if you can.
  • Use contactless payment

Read guidance on how to wear and make a cloth face covering

More information about public transport and face coverings

Advice for businesses preparing to re-open 

Advice to businesses preparing to reopen