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Coronavirus: What now for shopping centre days out in Northern Ireland?

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Rushmere Shopping Centre

Rushmere Shopping Centre

Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph

Rushmere Shopping Centre

They have been a destination for retail therapy for years - but one observer remarks that there may be more anxiety in shopping centre trips of the future.

Rushmere Shopping Centre in Craigavon has remained open during lockdown as it has a series of key retailers, such as Sainsbury's, Holland & Barrett and B&M Bargains. More shops at its retail park section will be open next week, such as Argos and Currys.

However, in the short term only outlets with direct street access or direct access within a retail park are allowed to open - which rules out many non-essential outlets in shopping centres such as fashion retailers.