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Welsh Retail Consortium reacts to reopening plans

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Welsh non-essential retail is expected to get official go-ahead today to reopen on Monday, June 22.

Responding to this announcement by the Welsh Government, Sara Jones, head of the Welsh Retail Consortium, said: “Welsh shops now have the date they’ve been waiting for, today’s welcome announcement means they will be able to open their doors from next Monday.

“The First Minister told retailers to prepare at his last review and that’s they’ve done, investing heavily to keep both our customers and our colleagues safe. Safety will always be of fundamental concern for our members and we’ve been learning from essential retailers who have continued to operate during the pandemic, drawing on the sector guidance that we’ve developed in partnership with Usdaw and the Welsh Government.”

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Adding: “Undoubtedly there will be challenges ahead, and we remain concerned about ongoing cost pressures and subdued demand, but we will do all we can to encourage people to shop safely in our stores once more.

“It is welcome that Government has listened to our representations and the Welsh retail industry stands ready to play its part in getting the economy moving again.”

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