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Reopening shops during Coronavirus

Things You Must Do Before Re-Opening


If you are a non-essential retail business looking to open on or soon after Monday 15 June, please make sure you have considered the following:

  1. You must complete a coronavirus Risk Assessment: As an employer, you have a legal responsibility to protect workers and others from risk to their health and safety. The assessment will help you consider how you lessen coronavirus risks to your staff and customers, such as putting hygiene and social distancing measures in place. A Risk Assessment tool is available, which you might find helpful.

  2. Speak to neighbouring businesses about how you will manage queues: The government guidance urges businesses to manage outside queues ‘to ensure they do not cause a risk to individuals or other businesses, for example  by introducing queuing systems, using barriers and having staff direct customers

  3. Display a signed notice: Having completed your coronavirus Risk Assessment, you should sign and display a notice at your premises to show that you have followed government guidance and have put processes in place to protect customers and staff. You do not need permission to re-open your business. The notice is available to be downloaded.

    (please note that hairdressers, nail bars and beauty salons, and the hospitality sector, including restaurants, pubs and cafes (except for takeaways) must remain closed until further notice)

For further information and updates, please visit the Government’s website.