The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) has welcomed the news that the mobility retail sector has formally been included in the government’s ‘essential’ business list.
The move means that mobility retailers are permitted to remain open during the lockdown, even if they operate from an outdoor market stall or at a defined concession within a shopping centre.
National restrictions are set to end on Wednesday, December 2. However, in the event of any subsequent lockdowns, retail leaders can expect the mobility sector to remain classed as ‘essential’.
Simon Festing, CEO of the BHTA, said: “The Association is delighted to have been able to support the mobility sector through our interactions with government.
“Whilst we had already advised individual members who experienced problems with enforcement officers, this brings welcome recognition of the importance of the service provided to the public.”
Since the first lockdown began on March 23, there has been a lack of clarity regarding the government’s classification of businesses in the mobility sector.
It led to some retailers choosing to close showrooms and others remaining open.
In October, Ableworld called for industry togetherness as it sought clarification for mobility businesses.