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COVID-19: Timeline & additional guidance for retail to reopen in June

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 markets and 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 from 15 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 secure in line with the current Health and Safety legislation.
 
Please do join a free webinar, hosted by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to find out more about how to make your retail workplace COVID-secure.

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
 
To amplify this message, please do share a tweet from BEIS sharing guidance for shops and branches reopening: https://bit.ly/RetailOpeningTweet
 
I would also like to bring to your attention that we are currently looking for case studies of non-essential retail that are preparing to re-open following government guidelines. Please do get in touch if you would be open to being featured. 
 
Thank you for your support in moving us to Step 2 of the government’s recovery strategy. 

Sent to PBLINK by:

Tayler Caires

Assistant Campaigns and Stakeholder Manager (South)

Prime Minister’s Office and Cabinet Office Communications

E: tayler.caires@cabinetoffice.gov.uk M: 078 0940 0918

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