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Retail in England expected to open on 15 June: UKFT

May '20
UKFT, the collective voice of the UK fashion and textile industry, has announced that fashion retail, fashion designers, tailors and dress makers will be among the retailers that are expected to be able to re-open from the June 15. UKFT reported that in order for these businesses to reopen they must have undertaken an appropriate Covid-19 risk assessment.
UKFT also stated that Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will shortly announce their own time lines for the re-opening of retail.
The health and safety executive has published guidance and advice on how to carry out a risk assessment. UKFT reported that businesses should also involve its team in the assessment process. Businesses must keep a written record of its risk assessment unless they have fewer than 5 employees or are self-employed. If a business has more than 50 employees, the government expects them to publish the risk assessment online.
The government has published guidance on how to manage the re-opening process here and the British Retail Consortium has also published its own guidance.
To help manage the risk all businesses should: increase the frequency of handwashing and surface cleansing; make every effort to allow staff to work from home. Where this is not possible businesses should make every effort to maintain the 2 metre physical distancing guidelines; if it is not possible to maintain the 2 metre physical distancing take all possible measures to reduce the risk of transmission; use screens where possible; team members should work back to back or side to side; reduce the number of people operating at one time (introduce shift working).

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