All non-essential shops expected to reopen from 15 June

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has announced that all non-essential retailers in England will be able to reopen from 15 June but added the caveat that this is “contingent on progress in the fight against coronavirus”.  In addition, retailers must follow the new guidelines set-up to protect shoppers and workers, the guidance can be found here.

 

What new measures can we expect when non-essential retail opens?

 

  • Closed changing rooms, toilets, and cafes
  • One-way systems
  • Shoppers will be restricted on touching merchandise
  • Limiting the number of customers in the store
  • Any service that requires close contact should remain closed, for example, makeup demonstrations.

 

We can also expect new rules such as quarantining merchandise after they have been touched or returned for at least 72 hours before going back on to the shelves. Opening hours to be staggered on high streets and busy shopping centres in order to reduce the number of people using public transport and to help maintain physical distancing.

 

It is important to note that hairdressers, nail bars, beauty salons, and the hospitality sector will remain closed.

 

Read here for more information: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-sets-out-timeline-for-retail-to-reopen-in-june

 

How we can help

 

Hawsons has a dedicated team of specialist retail, wholesale, and e-commerce accountants in Sheffield, Doncaster, and Northampton.

 

Our specialist team offers a wide range of services that are tailored to meet your individual needs. Our understanding of the issues faced by the retail, wholesale, and e-commerce sector means that we can proactively seek out ways for you to maximise your profitability and minimise your tax liabilities.

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