Shops across England will reopen from Monday, June 15, as the lockdown rules are eased.
Non-essential retailers such as clothes shops, book shops and electronics retailers are reopening alongside music shops, phone shops and betting shops.
But in order to reopen all retailers have had to put in place new rules – and anyone shopping in smaller retailers where social distancing is difficult is advised to wear a face covering.
The rule changes come on the same day that secondary schools and places of worship begin to reopen and face coverings become mandatory on public transport and in hospitals.
Under the new rules, fitting rooms will be closed, large families will be banned and customers will be urged to pay using a cashless method where possible, reports The Mirror.
One-way systems and barriers will also be put in place, in measures that will replicate how supermarkets have operated throughout the crisis.
“Customers will be encouraged to use hand sanitiser and advised not to pick up items as they browse, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.
“Clothing stores have been told to shut fitting rooms where possible, other than for the purpose of enabling staff to change into protective clothing.”
Shoppers will be asked to sanitise their hands upon entry – and customers will only be allowed to touch items they intend to buy.
The new rules and measures will be clearly set out with posters, signs and visual aids on windows and doors before customers enter branches.
Only one person per household will be allowed in at a time, unless you are a parent with a young child.
All staff will have to increase the number of times they wash their hands, and surfaces will have to be regularly cleaned.
Screens and barriers will be installed and all retail stores will have ‘drop off areas’, where goods can be transferred over to colleagues.
Anything that has been tried on will have to be stored away from sale for 72 hours or thoroughly cleaned before being returned to the shop floor.
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Some shopping centres around the UK are introducing additional safety measures to manage crowds – urging shoppers to ‘keep left’ on pedestrianised streets and only enter lifts with members of their household.
In some places there will be separate entrances and exits and a one-way system to manage queues.
Roundabouts where the corridors meet will be introduced to make sure shoppers are not crossing and getting “unnecessarily close to each other”.
Some shopping centres will have dedicated queuing zones outside of stores and one-way systems to manage overcrowding.
Customers are also urged to pay via contactless where possible – such as through your phone or a contactless payment card.
While queuing and browsing, make sure you’re aware of the two-metre gap, one-way signs and be mindful of those around you. Stores such as John Lewis say customers will have to stand eight metres apart on escalators.
Outside stores, you’ll have to queue in a line – guidance on this will be displayed on store windows. You won’t be able to queue via a car park.
If you’re heading out by car, remember some parking areas will have limited spaces to manage congestion. Check with your local authority for extra parking and bike racks as the Government says you should avoid public transport where you can.