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The Government has announced it will allow a phased re-opening of shops and retail premises, which is planned to start in June.

It has issued new guidance for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments. Here are two helpful links:

The main document is to help employers, employees and the self-employed in the UK understand how to work safely during the Coronavirus pandemic, keeping as many people as possible 2 metres apart from those they do not live with.

We hope it gives you freedom within a practical framework to think about what you need to do to continue, or restart, operations during the pandemic.

We understand how important it is that you can work safely and support your employees’ health and wellbeing.

We know that many businesses of this type are currently closed for their usual service.

We hope this document will help those who are already working because they cannot work from home, as well as help other people think about how to prepare for when they return to work.

The Government is clear that workers should not be forced into an unsafe workplace.

‘Shops and branches’ include all retail stores. These include:

  • food retailers
  • chemists
  • hardware/homeware stores
  • fashion shops
  • charity shops
  • betting shops and arcades
  • tailors, dress fitters and fashion designers
  • car dealerships
  • auction houses
  • antique stores
  • retail art galleries
  • photography studios
  • gift shops and retail spaces in theatres, museums, libraries, heritage sites and tourism sites
  • mobile phone stores
  • indoor and outdoor markets
  • craft fairs
  • similar types of retail
  • bank branches
  • post offices
  • other open money businesses.

The guidance applies to those currently open and will help those that are currently closed consider what their operations need to look like when they re-open: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19


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We will issue further advice and guidance Bulletins as the Covid-19 situation develops.