What is the 3-step Government roadmap for lifting restrictions?
The Government has introduced a 3-step roadmap to gradually lift lockdown restrictions to help the UK economy, including the opening of businesses that are not in the essential category.
Step 1 – Non-essential retail remains closed
Wherever possible those who can work from home should do so. Some sectors of the economy such as food production, manufacturing, and scientific research in laboratories are beginning to reopen. This does include hospitality or non-essential retail.
Step 2 – Opening of non-essential retail
The timing of the second stage is dependent on the assessment of the risk posed by the virus. This is currently set for 15 June. This step includes the opening of non-essential retail:
- hardware/homeware stores
- fashion shops
- charity shops
- tailors, dress fitters and fashion designers
- antique stores
- retail art galleries
- photography studios
- gift shops and retail spaces in theatres, museums, libraries, heritage sites and tourism sites
- mobile phone stores
- indoor and outdoor markets
- craft fairs
The full list can be found here.
The Government has released guidance for those businesses that are currently open and to help those which are set to open from 15 June to consider what preparations they need to make.
Unfortunately, step two doesn’t include businesses which offer personal care (e.g hairdressers and barbers), while the hospitality sector remains limited to food establishments offering takeaway or delivery and there is separate guidance available for these businesses.
Step 3 – Opening of more types of retail businesses
The current assumption is that this step will be taken no earlier than the 4 July, subject to the assessment of risk. The ambition at this step will be to reopen at least some of the remaining businesses and premises that have been required to close, including personal care and hospitality.
The overarching message throughout all three steps is that this is dependent on the assessment of the risk level of the virus in the UK and as the country moves towards easing lockdown businesses must also be prepared to react if closure is required again.
What can The Retail Mutual do for your business?
The Retail Mutual understands that this is a difficult and frustrating time for retail business owners particularly those who own businesses that need to remain closed. However, it is important that your retail business is ready when given the ‘green light’ to open. The Retail Mutual is here to protect independent retailers with an alternative to insurance for your business, home and landlord property. Our team is available to talk through your cover needs – just call 0333 2121 280 or start your quote online.