The return of retail: How shopping in the UK will be dramatically different as stores reopen after lockdown
- As lockdown restrictions begin to lift in England, many shopping centers are preparing to reopen to the public on June 15.
- But reopening doesn’t mean that shopping will go back to normal; many people are still hesitant to visit large stores, and the stores themselves must follow strict capacity and social distancing regulations that could limit usual services, such as tailoring or beauty makeovers.
- Retail expert Stephen Springham says that shoppers may feel safer visiting small, local shops rather than return to large crowds inside major shopping malls.
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85 days have passed since t Britain’s clothing, footwear, homeware stores, and coffee shops were made to close due to the COVID-19 lockdown. Nonessential shops that shut their doors back in March are able to reopen starting from June 15.
Shoppers will see major changes. Limits on the number of customers inside at any one time, already seen in essential groceries and supermarkets open during lockdown, will be introduced. Expect to see hand sanitizers at store entrances and throughout shop floors with signs reminding you to stay distant from other shoppers and workers. Toilets, seating areas, and in-store cafes will also remain closed.