The British Retail Consortium has set out its recommendations in a bid to help retailers facilitate social distancing.
All non-essential premises are now closed with online retail remaining open.
It is not clear when the non-food retail sector will re-open for business and the final decision on this will be made by Government and the public health experts.
However, the BRC say it is important to be ready and the safety and wellbeing of every retailers’ staff and customers is a top priority.
To assist its members and interested parties, the group has worked with its members and external stakeholders to produce recommendations in a bid to assist retailers in facilitating the introduction of social distancing.
The recommendations cover warehouse and distribution settings as well as the re-opening of other retail premises.
The BRC explained how as the country prepares for the re-opening of stores it is likely that some virus control restrictions will continue to be necessary to limit transmission.
It has worked with USDAW to agree practical recommendations for businesses to consider.
The document outlines measures to facilitate implementation of Government advice in retail premises to ensure the safety of our staff and customers.
Over and above these specific measures there should be open dialogue with colleagues to reassure them and discuss any concerns about the safety of their role.
This guidance has been prepared by the BRC based on input from across the membership. It will be regularly updated.