Andover’s town centre businesses are getting ready for a phased re-opening of their stores – from 15th June.
Following government guidance, non-essential retailers along with other businesses are busy carrying out COVID-19 Risk Assessments and obtaining appropriate social distancing signage.
Steve Godwin, Andover BID Manager says, “We are delighted to be working with a local company Saxon Safety who are experts in their field and at this critical time for the high street sits which sits at the heart of every community in the country. “
Thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England are set to reopen next month once they are COVID-19 secure and can show customers will be kept safe, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Sunday when he set out that:
- Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers. As with garden centres, the risk of transmission of the virus is lower in these outdoor and more open spaces. Car showrooms often have significant outdoor space and it is generally easier to apply social distancing.
- All other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction