The emergence from lockdown for retailers continues with non-essential retail shops and branches reopening this month. Mary Goldsbrough and Garyn Young remind employers what they need to consider to make their store, outside queuing, fitting rooms, returns and cleaning process safer.
Outdoor markets and car showrooms have been permitted to open from 1st June and, from 15th June 2020, shops selling clothes, shoes, toys and furniture will be reopening too.
Employers will need to prepare for the reopening of their workplaces by ensuring they are taking all necessary steps to protect their workers. This includes complying with existing health and safety, employment, and equality laws as well as taking account of the Government’s updated COVID-19 secure guidelines, which were issued on 25 May 2020.
Here are some things to remember:
1. Facilitate social distancing in store
2. Make outside queuing safe
3. No fitting rooms
4. Implement new return procedures
5. Clean, clean, clean
6. Beware of potential employment issues
While the updated guidance doesn’t directly address the employment rights obligations, there are also potential issues we foresee arising as retailers re-open. These include:
Please note that this list is not exhaustive. If you would like assistance on any of the above matters, we have an experienced and dedicated employment law team who can guide you through any issues which arise. Please get in touch for more information.