Shoppers may be unable to try on clothes when stores reopen, according to new guidelines published by the British Retail Consortium (BRC).
The measure is one of several precautionary recommendations published by the retail lobby group, ahead of lockdown measures beginning to ease.
Though there is currently no set date for the reopening of non-essential shops, such as clothing stores, the BRC has said that these businesses need to be prepared ahead of time to ensure that their reopening does not cause a spike in coronavirus infections.
What are the recommended shopping rules?
The BRC collaborated with the Union of Shop, Distributive and Allied Workers to produce the guidance for non-food retail stores, drawing on some of the hygiene and social distancing measures currently in place at some supermarkets as well as government advice.
Some of the recommended measures include:
- Encouraging customers to shop alone- Limiting the amount of people allowed in-store- Scheduling deliveries to avoid overcrowding- Regularly cleaning lift buttons, hand rails and door handles- Encouraging customers to maintain a distance of two metres from one another with markings- Limiting entry and exit points- Keeping changing rooms closed
The chief executive of the BRC, Helen Dickinson told The Express, “Retailers are closely following developments from the Government on when restrictions might be eased and are starting to plan accordingly.
“Since the lockdown, many retailers have proved how shops can be run safely and effectively in line with the Government’s social distancing advice.
“This guidance is the product of retail’s incredible efforts to adapt to exceptional circumstances.”
Are any shops currently open?
Certain non-food retailers - such as B&Q - have already trialled reopening with strict social distancing measures in place.
Hardware stores were considered "essential" retailers under government advice, but until recently, most were operating online or collection services only.
Other retailers will be closely following government advice to determine when they will reopen.