ESTABLISHMENTS are reopening as lockdown is eased by the Government, giving hope to shopaholics that stores will be opening once more.
If shopping centres are allowed to open again, when will this be, and what social distancing measures will be put in place?
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When will shopping centres reopen?
PM Boris Johnson has revealed that June 1, 2020, is the provisional date given to non-essential retailers to begin a "phased reopening".
Retailers have been provided with a new safety guidance by the government to help them prepare for store re-openings next month.
This new guidance will offer advice on how retailers can safely approach re-opening to the public.
Shopping centres have been closed ever since the lockdown was imposed in March.
How will social distancing work?
Shopping centres have been advised to take responsibility for the regulation of the number of customers in their malls.
Retailers have been told to make every effort to comply with social distancing.
Store layouts will have to be reviewed, with screens or barriers put up to keep people separate from each other.
The use of fitting rooms should be carefully considered and only used where necessary.
When handling returns, there should be no contact when possible, and the goods should be taken to designated areas.
Contactless payments will be encouraged and stores will have to limit the amount of customers allowed inside at the same time.
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Which shops are currently open at the moment?
Supermarkets and pharmacies have remained open during lockdown as they are deemed essential
Stores such as Holland and Barrett, B&M, Home Bargains, Poundstretcher, Argos, Halfords and Wilko have also kept their doors open to the country as they sell "essentials".
On May 18, Poundland reopened 33 of its stores that have been closed throughout the pandemic.
Most of the major shopping centres are currently open as they have stores such as Boots and Marks & Spencer Food Hall inside, although some stores inside are likely to be shut.
How has retail been affected by the coronavirus?
The retail industry has been hit hard by the impact of coronavirus.
Retail sales are its worst level since 1995.
Sales have decreased in the retail sector by 19.1 per cent between April 5 and May 2
However, online sales have rocketed, and increased by 57.9 per cent during April.
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