How could the easing in lockdown measures affect the mobility retail industry?

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As Boris Johnson confirms an easing the lockdown measures, the knock-on effect it could have on mobility retail in the UK could be a positive one.

Confidence is king in business at the moment and the steps taken by the prime minister could now instil that back into the mobility market.

From July 4, pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to reopen, providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines meaning they will become safe environments, like retail stores, for the public to go into.

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From the same date, he also set out that two households will be able to meet up in any setting with social distancing measures, and that people can now enjoy staycations in England with the reopening of accommodation sites.

Movement across society of this sort could see customers feeling more comfortable getting out on the high street and visiting retail parks or shopping centres.

Seeing footfall return will be a huge step for dealers and would mean suppliers will see an increased demand for products to something like it has been in years gone by at this time of year.

With dealers and suppliers alike often relying heavily on seasonal trade, the industry will hope things can get back to normal as quickly as possible, especially while weather remains hot.

This could be helped by the movement on ‘staycations’ which could mean dealers in holiday destinations and coastal towns could see a spike in footfall again shortly.

Speaking to retailers across England so far, AMP has learned that trade has already embarked on its return with showrooms and phone lines busier than they have been for months – a positive sign that business is on the way up.

However, despite a growing confidence, the increased freedom could be counter-productive with some feeling more nervous about transmission than they were before, a potential hurdle for retail and the mobility industry to overcome.

Following a review, the prime minister also set out that where it is not possible to stay two metres apart, guidance will allow people to keep a social distance of ‘one metre plus’.

This means staying one metre apart, plus mitigations which reduce the risk of transmission.

Boris Johnson, despite his positivity was keen to address the fact that the virus had not gone away and it remained vital to “stay alert.”

He explained that while the infection rate continues to fall, the prime minister has been clear that the public must continue to follow social distancing guidelines to keep coronavirus under control.

The government confirmed it would keep all measures under constant review and will not “hesitate to apply the handbrake, or reverse measures, should the virus begin to run out of control.”

The changes announced apply in England only with devolved powers easing lockdown at a time which is right for them.

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