As England’s retail sector gets back to work, AMP takes a look at what it means for mobility dealers across the country.
Some in the mobility trade were able to stay open throughout the lockdown, albeit at a vastly reduced operation, after Government gave the go-ahead of the industry falling under the “essential service” category.
However, those that did stay open often did so for a primarily maintenance and service purpose, meaning this week will be the first time the industry sees a real rise in footfall.
To help manage this, the Government has outlined the importance of meeting ‘COVID secure’ guidelines in order for the reopening to work.
These guidelines have been set out by Government to help protect both shoppers and retail staff against the coronavirus.
Mobility dealers, like others on the high street, 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 which may be touched by passing shoppers, and frequently checking and cleaning objects and surfaces.
Employers 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.
As well as shop owners and employers doing their bit to ensure protection, the British Retail Consortium has worked with twenty-five retailers to put together a five-point plan for customers.
The retailers are urging the public to play their part in creating a safe and enjoyable retail environment for other customers and retail staff.
As a result of the work, the organisation came up with the following advice for customers:
- Queue considerately
- Maintain social distancing
- Follow instructions inside and outside shops
- Follow all necessary hygiene measures
- Be respectful to shop staff
The BRC went on to explain how the reopening of non-essential shops from June 15 marks a “crucial time for thousands of retailers and hundreds of thousands of jobs.”
According to the ONS retail sales figures, lockdown has cost non-food retailers £1.7bn per week during April and May.
Many retailers have been working hard already to ensure their stores are prepared and safe for staff and customers and have implemented all the necessary social distancing measures, such as perspex screens at counters, signs and floor markings around the store, and new rotas and procedures for cleaning.