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15 Oct 2020

Forced mass closure of shops for circuit breaker would be devastating, says Bira

Forced mass closure of shops in a circuit breaker scenario would be devastating for the retail sector, says Bira.

Andrew Goodacre, Bira's CEO, is calling for retail to remain open if a countrywide 'circuit breaker' is enforced.

The Government is currently considering whether to enforce the measure - which could mean the closure of schools, hospitality, leisure and - possibly - retail venues, in an effort to curb the rise in cases of Covid-19.

In his comment piece, which is available in full here, Andrew says: "We are in autumn; a very important time for retail as we approach the festive period. Closing shops, even for a short while, will simply result in driving people online and into the hands of Amazon and the other large internet businesses."

He adds: "We understand the need to protect lives and that is why we need certainty and clear communications to the general public and businesses – supported by enforcement and an efficient track and trace system.

"...Shopping is safe – all the evidence tells us it is. In retail, we need to show leadership by making sure that the safety protocols are in place, clearly communicated and enforced."

Read Andrew's full comment 'Is a national circuit breaker the answer?' here

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