As I am sure you are already aware, yesterday evening the Prime Minister set out a timeline for retail to reopen from 1st June and further guidance has been published for how to operate safely to protect staff and customers. Full details of the announcement can be found here: https://bit.ly/RetailTimeline.
Guidance for reopening can be found here: https://bit.ly/UpdatedRetailGuidance.
Key details to note:
- Outdoor marketsand car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers. As with garden centres, the risk of transmission of the virus is lower in these outdoor and more open spaces. Car showrooms often have significant outdoor space and it is generally easier to apply social distancing.
- All other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, will be expected to be able to reopen from15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines, giving them three weeks to prepare.
- Businesses will only be able to open from these dates once they have completed a risk assessment, in consultation with trade union representatives or workers, and are confident they are managing the risks. They must have taken the necessary steps to become COVID-19 securein line with the current Health and Safety legislation. (see below)
Free webinar, hosted by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy:
Thursday 28 May, 11am: Shops and branches – Guidance for people who run shops, branches, stores or similar environments.
Full details of upcoming webinars can be found here: https://bit.ly/BEISWebinars
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Just a reminder that we are working to compile a list of all businesses intending to reopen on 1st June or 15th June. Please make sure you complete the completed template sent out last week by Thursday this week. This will give us time to get an online list as well as pass the details over to EDC, who are going to provide a telephone support service.
Before you can reopen your business, you will have to have completed the Covid-19 Secure risk assessment. We are being asked for advice and guidance about these risk assessments. We have templates and examples from HSE – please get in touch for copies. Full details are at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19