Pauline Peilow, who is the owner of the Altnagelvin Garden and Pet centre, is set to re-open her business to customers this Wednesday, May 20.
Ms Peilow described garden centres as the “guinea pigs” for how businesses can potentially re-open.
She also stressed the importance of “getting it right” if other businesses can potentially moved forward out of lockdown in the future weeks and months.
Ms Peilow said garden centres will not be the same as what customers in the past have been used to.
“We have a one-way-system in the centre, we have limited the number of customers on site at any one time so there is not queues of people inside the shop or outside waiting to be served,” Ms Peilow told BBC Radio Foyle.
“We have to be on the ball with the guidance from the Horticultural Trade Association and we need to follow it to the tee,” Ms Peilow said.
Ms Peilow said hopefully these measures will work well and other businesses can see the example set by garden centres in how to successfully orchestrate a phased re-opening.
This week the centre will be open from Wednesday May 20th to Saturday 23rd May from 10 am to 6pm.
If you need animal supplies before it reopens you can call the centre on 07955 515 122
To ensure the safety of all we will be operating as follows;
🔹A one way system through our centre
🔹PPE for staff members
🔹Limited number of customers on premises at any given time.
🔹Maximum of 2 individuals per household
🔹Regular cleaning of trollies, baskets, hard surfaces etc
🔹Contactless/Card payment preferred
🔹Please maintain a social distancing of 2 meters at all times out of respect for staff and other customers
🔹To make the most out of your visit Pauline recommends you prepare and bring a list and staff will do their best to help you find what you are looking for.
🔹You are asked not to come to the centre if you are vulnerable or feeling unwell. (The centre will still be offering a limited deliver service)
Added Pauline: “We want your shopping experience to be as safe and enjoyable as possible and thankyou for your patience and cooperation in advance.
“Stay Safe and see you soon!”
The Stormont Executive is meeting today to discuss what further measures it can ease in the lockdown restriction depending on how the infection rate, whether it has remained static, increased or decreased.
One consideration on the table is to allow churches to re-open for private prayer only and not for services.