Sara’s Blog: PM announces phased reopening of retail sector

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There was a welcome boost for the economy with the Prime Minister’s announcement that car showrooms and open markets will be allowed to open from Monday 1 June and other retail outlets should prepare for a 15 June opening date.

This will be a welcome boost for the economy and for general morale as we start to see a real move toward rebuilding our fragile economy.

It is a given that the retail experience will be changed for a long time to come. Car dealerships, for example, will look different with more space between vehicles, clear distancing markings and appropriate sanitation and PPE measures.

However, as a statement it will hopefully lift spirits and give act as a spur to business to focus on their own plans to reopen.

The Chambers, through the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC), are asking the government and relevant agencies, particularly the Health & Safety Executive (HSE) for clarity, support, and guidance on plans for a phased reopening of the retail sector.

We know that businesses will be taking a safe, proportionate, and risk-based approach to returning to work, in close consultation with staff. For many, this is an entirely new way of operating as businesses apply guidance to practical operational realities.

HSE and local authorities should support business as they seek to comply with the new rules and reserve new enforcement powers for the small minority of businesses who wilfully disobey or ignore obligations to their workers and customers.

HSE guidance to retailers can be found at:

If you have any concerns or questions around reopening and your obligations please let us know at:

For anything else you can call our switchboard on 01782 202222 or call the Stoke and Staffs Growth Hub Helpline on 0300 111 8002. We also have a weekday daily Twitter hour from 11am – 12noon #StaffsChamberChat

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