14 May 2020

Bira calls for clarity over government's reopening guidance

Bira is calling for more clarity over new government guidance on the type of shops which can now reopen.

According to a new document, homeware stores can now reopen along with garden centres, as of yesterday (Wednesday, May 13).

The move follows Boris Johnson's televised address to the nation on Sunday revealing a phased exit plan from the countrywide lockdown.

Andrew Goodacre, Bira's CEO, said: "This is a positive and welcome move.

"We encourage all homeware stores planning to reopen to to ensure they have the right safety measures in place to protect employees and customers."

However, he also called for further clarification on what qualifies as 'homeware'.

He said: "The other problem is that there seems to be no definition of homeware – is it any product for the home? If this is the case, would cookware also qualify as they are normally for use in the home?

"As a  result, we are calling for clarification on behalf of cookware stores - as we believe they could also qualify in this category."

The Government guidance has also been updated to allow click and collect services to resume - as long as customers do not enter closed premises. Read the full guidance here

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