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Retailers have been working hard to ensure their stores are prepared and safe for staff and customers

In preparation for the reopening of shops, beginning tomorrow (15 June 2020), the British Retail Consortium along with twenty-five* retailers have come together to launch five simple steps to encourage considerate shopping.

The retailers are urging the public to play their part in creating a safe and enjoyable retail environment for other customers and retail staff:

  1. Queue considerately
  2. Maintain social distancing
  3. Follow instructions inside and outside shops
  4. Follow all necessary hygiene measures
  5. Be respectful to shop staff

Retailers have been working hard to ensure their stores are prepared and safe for staff and customers. They have implemented all the necessary social distancing measures, such as perspex screens at counters, signs and floor markings around the store, and new rotas and procedures for cleaning.

Helen Dickinson, chief executive, British Retail Consortium, said:

“Retailers have been working around the clock to create a safe shopping environment, so their customers can have the confidence to return to their favourite shops.

“Our shopping experience may be changing, but if we all follow the necessary social distancing measures and show a little consideration to those around us, then everyone will be better off.”

The reopening of non-essential shops from 15 June marks a crucial time for thousands of retailers and hundreds of thousands of jobs. According to the ONS retail sales figures, lockdown has cost non-food retailers £1.7 billion per week during April and May.


*The call is supported by Ann Summers, ASDA, Carpetright, Co-op, Crew Clothing, Debenhams, Dixons Carphone, Fenwick, F Hinds, hmv, Homebase, Iceland, KFC, Marks & Spencer, Matalan, Mountain Warehouse, Pets at Home, Poundland, Primark, Space NK, The DFS Group, The Dune Group, The John Lewis Partnership, The Perfume Shop and WHSmith.