Bira Legal: Reopening questions answered for non-essential retailers

25 Mar 2021

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Non-essential retail is set to reopen in England from the 12th April. Make sure you’re ready for reopening as Bira Legal answer your questions.

If you’re looking to reopen from the 12th April, Bira Legal’s practical advice and expert insight will help you feel confident and prepared to reopen smoothly, safely and without delay.  

In a recent webinar Bira Legal and Bira CEO, Andrew Goodacre answered your questions on important topics such as:

  • Preparing to reopen safely for your staff and customers;
  • Making sure your premises are consistent with the relevant guidance;
  • The employment legalities surrounding vaccination;
  • Utilising flexible furlough to accommodate safety measures and respond to fluctuations in demand;
  • What to do about holiday accrual;
  • The key risk control measures that need to be in place;
  • The importance of reassuring customers about safety;
  • Face coverings and the challenges experienced by shops that have stayed open; and
  • A recap of what has happened previously when operating with COVID restrictions in place, such as working with local authorities regarding road closures and footfall figures.

If you missed the webinar or need a refresh on any of the above topics you can access the webinar by clicking on the button below:

Reopening retail webinar

Bira Legal have also provided a list of key resources and FAQ’s covered in the webinar:

Reopening checklists and FAQ’s

  • Reoccupation Checklist: Template to record important checks of your premises before reopening. 
  • Empty Building Checklist: Health and safety checklist.
  • Extended Furlough FAQ: Common questions about the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.
  • Vaccination FAQ’s (Eng,NI,Scotland & Wales): Specific FAQ regarding the vaccination of employees dependent on region.
  • Risk Assessment Template (Shops & Branches): Record important checks of your premises before returning to work after lockdown. 
  • Vaccination & Testing Guide: Employment law regarding vaccinations and testing.
  • Immunisation & Testing Policy: Making your position clear on immunisation and testing.

Access these key resources by clicking on the button below.

Bira Legal key reopening resources

Additional resources and guidance


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