Guidance for retail outlets reopening

Shops in England selling non-essential goods will be able to reopen their doors from Monday 15 June. 

High street retailers and department stores allowed to reopen include:

  • Book shops
  • Electronics retailers
  • Tailors
  • Auction houses
  • Photography studios
  • Indoor markets
  • Shops selling clothes, shoes and toys

Government guidance

The government issued detailed COVID-19 secure guidance for retailers in May, following extensive consultation with businesses, trade unions and devolved administrations 

Retailers will need to take certain steps to protect customers and staff. This includes:

  • Limiting the number of customers allowed inside at one time
  • Placing protective coverings on large items such as sofas which may be touched by passing shoppers
  • Frequently checking and cleaning objects and surfaces. 

Shops should also display a notice visibly in their shop windows or outside their store to show their employees, customers and other visitors that they have followed this guidance.

For further information or advice, get in touch with a member of our business services team on 01903 234094.