Re-open for business in the UK – How to safely re-open shops and retail outlets

The UK government has set out a three-stage plan to ease the "lockdown" restrictions implemented due to COVID-19. The first stage commenced on 13 May, with some restrictions on who can go to work being lifted and clarified, the ability to meet one other person from another household outside, and the allowance of unlimited exercise.

It is expected that the second stage, involving the reopening of "non-essential retail shops," could be implemented from 15 June. In anticipation of this, the government has issued guidance on how to safely re-open shops.

While the specific actions that a retailer needs to take will depend on the nature of their business and their premises, we've set out below some of the key issues that should be considered when making plans for re-opening.

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