Check to see how shops and shopping centres have been adapted.

Let’s go shopping: safely

If you want to do some shopping on your next trip, plan what you want to buy before you go out, and avoid unnecessary journeys, crowded areas and peak times. Whatever your destination, we have some tips for you.


1. Shopping centres and department stores

Large establishments have introduced measures such as capacity control, air renewal systems and disinfection of communal areas such as toilets and wash rooms. Some of them even allow you to check the occupancy level to avoid the busiest times.
During your visit, please respect social distancing guidance and signs, even on the escalators, and try to pay using contactless methods.


2. What should I bear in mind when shopping on the city high street?

Avoid the busiest streets and the crowds. In the case of fairs, markets and street markets, check in advance whether or not they’re open, and while you’re there, if there is a designated route make sure you follow it.


3. Small businesses and local shops: also a good option

Small businesses have also adapted the way they do things so that you can shop there with the guarantee that the necessary safety measures are in place. It’s very likely that you’ll find items behind screens or in display cases for hygiene and safety reasons. If you have a clear idea of what you want to buy and are accompanied by others, it’s best to ask them to wait outside, in this way you’ll help to ensure that capacity limitations are respected.

4. But how do I pay?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has indicated that in the current situation it’s best to use contactless forms of payment, such as using your mobile phone or contactless credit cards. These should always be your preferred methods of payment, when permitted by the establishment. In this way you’ll reduce unnecessary physical contact.

And remember: don’t forget your face mask, use hand sanitiser, and maintain the safety distance – throughout your visit, and also when you leave the shop and until you’re back at your accommodation.

10 Tips for enjoying shopping safely