Shoppers may have to buy clothes without trying them on when stores reopen under strict social-distancing guidelines issued to retailers.
In recommendations drawn up in readiness for the easing of the lockdown, shop managers are being asked to consider closing or limiting access to changing rooms, as well as restricting the number of customers in stores. Retail chiefs have also been told that they may need to employ security guards to manage entrances and to ensure that queueing customers keep at least two metres apart.
The guidance, drawn up by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) and the shop workers’ union Usdaw, is designed to help shop managers to prepare for the expected reopening “of a greater breadth of stores”.
Other suggestions include the closing of shop lavatories, restaurants and cafés, and encouraging customers to pay by card. Managers are also being asked to consider making customers use separate entrances and exits and implement one-way systems, as many supermarkets are doing. (Source: The Times 27/4)