In yesterday’s media briefing, Boris Johnson announced that all non-essential retailers can re-open their doors from 15th June, but where does this leave bridal boutiques?
The Prime Minister has now laid out plans as we move towards stage two of the Coronavirus lockdown, with retailers that are able to operate in the outdoors, such as market stalls and car showrooms, being given the green light to open from 1st June.
“All other non-essential retail, ranging from department stores to small independent shops” will be able to follow suit on 15th June.
The PM advised that these changes to the current lockdown rules “will be contingent upon progress against the five tests and will only be permitted for those premises which are Covid secure.”
So, we’re left wondering, will bridal boutiques also be able to open next month, or will it be impossible to stay within the guidelines? Is it viable to maintain a safe social distance while dressing a bride-to-be for example?
We’d love to hear your thoughts on this and what steps you will be taking to make your boutique ‘Covid secure.”
Either way, this is certainly a positive step in the right direction for the retail sector, as Business Secretary Alok Sharma commented: “Enabling these businesses to open will be a critical step on the road to rebuilding our economy, and will support millions of jobs across the UK.”
Find the very latest guidelines for retailers, “detailing the measures they should take to meet the necessary social distancing and hygiene standards” can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19/shops-and-branches