UPDATED: 10th June 2020
We can’t wait to throw open our doors once more and welcome you into our store. Our official reopening date is Tuesday 16th June at 10am!
In order to prepare you for your visit, and make you as comfortable as possible, we’ve set out below some key information and notes on what to expect.
We aim to still provide as many of our usual services as possible, however, in order to safely reopen there will be a number of new restrictions in store which are also explained below.
Please note, we will not be able to cater to walk in appointments at present and will, therefore, be by appointment only for the foreseeable.
COVID-19 Appointment Guidelines:
Before Your Visit:
When booking your appointment, we will have discussed with you the need to limit your entourage to just one special guest. This is to reduce the number of people in store and to ensure safe social distancing can be maintained at all times, particularly in the changing rooms. We would appreciate you sharing these guidelines with your special guest ahead of your visit.
If you or your guest feel unwell, have been in contact with any person showing COVID-19 symptoms or have any symptoms no matter how mild please contact us to reschedule your appointment – it is imperative that you do so and we will ask you to re-confirm this before starting your appointment.
The main symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- a high temperature – this means you feel hot to touch on your chest or back
- a new, continuous cough – this means coughing a lot for more than an hour, or 3 or more coughing episodes in 24 hours (if you usually have a cough, it may be worse than usual)
- a loss or change to your sense of smell or taste – this means you’ve noticed you cannot smell or taste anything, or things smell or taste different to normal
We have disposable masks and gloves available in store, however we do encourage you to bring your own should you wish to use them.
As we are lucky enough to have multiple changing rooms, this does mean that other Brides and their guests will be in store during your visit, as well as other team members.
Please arrive promptly, no earlier or later than your confirmed appointment time. This is because we need to ensure we have enough time between appointments to clean and refresh changing rooms and high frequency touch points.
On arrival you’ll spot signs guiding you to our reception desk. You’ll pass our sanitisation station on the way, stocked with hand sanitiser, disposable gloves and face masks. The gloves and masks are merely there for your comfort, should you wish to use them, but we do not require you to do so. We would, however, ask that you use the hand sanitiser before touching anything in store.
At reception you’ll be introduced to your consultant who will then show you to your private changing suite which will be yours for the duration of your appointment.
Before starting your appointment please ensure you visit our restroom to thoroughly wash your hands. Your sales consultant will be doing the same. If you would prefer your consultant to wear gloves, simply let us know.
As we offer such a personal service, your consultant will need to be in close proximity to you throughout the appointment. This means they will be wearing either a disposable face mask and/or face shield for theirs and your comfort. Where possible they will keep a safe social distance.
Only your consultant will be able to select dresses from our rails. This is to reduce movement in store, minimise touch points and ensure that we can confidently clean and sanitise all dresses between appointments. You and your special guest simply need to sit back and relax and let us do all the heavy lifting… literally!
As always, complimentary fizz and water will be available, however, we have temporarily suspended the option of hot drinks.
Should you need to move about the store for any reason, please ensure you follow social distancing guidelines at all times.
When making payment, we kindly ask that, where possible you make payment using a credit or debit card instead of cash to reduce the need for us to handle it. Our card machine will be sanitised between every use and disposable gloves are available.
All team members have completed a COVID-19 hygiene course and have been briefed in full on the shops and branches reopening guidelines.
Signage and floor markings are throughout the store to make it as easy as possible for you to follow social distancing and good hygiene practices. Your consultant is fully trained in all our new measures and will be on hand to assist.
We have carried out a thorough risk assessment ahead of reopening and have new procedures in place to ensure cleaning and sanitisation can take place frequently. This also means our store looks a little different right now as we have removed any excess soft furnishings that are not required for your visit, clean = beautiful.
Thank you for your support and understanding – these guidelines are not what we want, but they are what we need right now. Our main priority is to keep everyone safe, whilst still maintaining that Maria Modes experience you all love.
If you are unsure about any of the above or have any questions just drop us a call or message, we cannot wait to see you!