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UK shops gearing up to reopen

On 23rd March the UK government ordered the closure of all “non essential” shops and retail premises. Amid the fears over the COVID-19 virus taking a grip on the country.

UK shops gearing up to reopen

This basically meant that British retail sales fell by the most ever recorded with April also going to be a horrendous month for the industry. On the 24th April the government stated that is was too early to start the lifting of lockdown sanctions, however the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and USDAW have said that now is the time to start preparing for the reopening of these businesses.

USDAW general secretary, Paddy Lillis, said that “we need to make sure that we are ready and that the proper preparations and measures are in place”.

Guidance includes

  • Providing hand sanitizer for customers
  • – Encouraging customers to visit shops alone
  • – Limiting the number of customers in shops at any one time
  • – Encouraging cashless payments
  • – Keeping customers 2 metres apart

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