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The government has released a new safety guidance for retailers in order to help prepare their shops for re-openings next month. The said date for these re-openings to occur has been agreed on Monday 1st June with retailers making every effort to reinforce and comply with social distancing measures. Retail Gazette has posted an article detailing the measures which are essential & encouraged to be considered and used where necessary. The idea is to limit social interaction & ensure upmost sanitisation to keep customers and staff members safe. Below, we will detail some of the major changes you should be considering in order to safely re-open.
The major advisory that we are hearing is to keep our distance when we are outside of our home. This means that you will need to implement measures that ensure physical contact between customers and staff members is as close to non-existent as possible. We are all in a similar boat in regards to trying to figure out measures that can accomplish this, but there are several ways that this can be achieved.
Contactless payment system…
Majority of people are now holders of a contactless card or use Apple Pay. With this in mind, it makes it much easier to request shoppers to complete their purchases through a contactless payment method in your shop. This will ensure that there is no physical contact between the shopper & the employee as no cash is being handed and limits the spread of germs through non-contactless card payments. To inform your customers of this new payment system, you will need to ensure that you share this information on all your social media platforms & website. However, it is also important to inform people inside the shop of this in case they haven’t got access to a contactless card which could lead to complaints.
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Social Distancing Essentials…
As mentioned above, limiting contact is the most effective way to slow the spread of the virus hence why you will need to feature informative signs, floor stickers & other essentials that will help customers stay separated and distanced. This is also outlined in the safety guidance provided by the government. If you haven’t seen already, we are actually printing & manufacturing signages, floor mats, sneeze guards, signal posts & many more business essentials that you will need in order to reinforce social distancing within your retail shops, you can view a few of them here:
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