Dartford MP Gareth Johnson highlighted the hard work and planning that has gone into reopening Bluewater when he spoke in the House of Commons on Tuesday.
During an urgent question on the economy, Mr Johnson said: “Bluewater, in my Dartford constituency, reopened its doors yesterday and did so in a cautious and responsible manner. I have to say it was fantastic to see so many shops there welcoming customers for the first time. Does the Minister agree with me that centres like Bluewater should be praised, not only for getting our economy on track but allowing us to get back to some form of normality?”
In response the Secretary to the Treasury, the Right Honourable Jesse Norman MP said: “I absolutely do think that. I pay particular tribute to the shops, malls and shopping centres that go the extra mile to be particularly safe and careful in ensuring that people can use them within more than the spirit of the regulations. Congratulations to Bluewater to the extent they have done that. I’d say one other thing which is if it helps them to communicate that wider sense of confidence in the ability to shop, then all the better.”
Mr Johnson visited Bluewater on Friday to see the measures put in place to ensure the safe reopening of the centre. He said: “Bluewater has always made the safety of its guests its priority. The careful measures put in place protect staff and shoppers whilst ensuring the process towards normality begins.”