Retailers launch five recommendations for considerate shopping
In preparation for the reopening of shops today, the British Retail Consortium has teamed up with 20 retailers to launch a list of five recommendations to help the public play its part in creating a safe and enjoyable retail environment for both shoppers and retail staff.
While retailers have been working hard to introduce a range of Covid-19 in-store safety and social distancing measures, the BRC is requesting that shoppers:
- Queue considerately
- Maintain social distancing
- Follow instructions inside and outside shops
- Follow all necessary hygiene measures
- Be respectful to shop staff
Helen Dickinson, BRC chief executive, said: “It has never been more important to play our part in keeping our towns and high streets vibrant. Every visit we make helps support jobs in retail, as well as throughout the supply chain. Retailers have been working around the clock to create a safe shopping environment, so their customers can have the confidence to return to their favourite shops. Our shopping experience may be changing, but if we all follow the necessary social distancing measures and show a little consideration to those around us, then everyone will be better off for it.”
The call is being supported by Ann Summers, Carpetright, Co-op, Crew Clothing, Debenhams, Fenwick, F Hinds, HMV, Homebase, Iceland, KFC, Marks & Spencer, Mountain Warehouse, Pets at Home, Poundland, Primark, Space NK, The DFS Group, The Dune Group, The Perfume Shop, Waitrose and WH Smith.
According to the ONS retail sales figures, lockdown has cost non-food retailers £1.8 billion per week.
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