As announced by the First Minister, from the 5th of April 2021, lockdown restrictions on the retail sections are to be eased.
Businesses preparing to re-open should ensure that a ‘suitable and sufficient’ risk assessment has been undertaken to identify control measures to be implemented within your business to reduce the risk of Covid-19 transmission. A link to the HSE’s Covid-19 risk assessment template can be found here - https://www.hse.gov.uk/coronavirus/working-safely/risk-assessment.htm
It is recommended all businesses are familiar with the Health Protection Scotland guidance for non-healthcare settings as well as the relevant sector specific guidance from the Scottish Government.
5th April 2021
The following retail establishments are permitted to re-open as of the 5th of April, subject to Covid-19 controls being implemented within the business.
Hairdressers & Barbers (appointments only) (mobile operators are not permitted to reopen)
Key cutting shops
Mobility equipment shops
Baby equipment shops
Vehicle showrooms (appointment only) and forecourts
At this time, all other retailers must remain closed to the public. Mobile Hairdressers and Barbers are not permitted to trade at this time.
The following list of control measures is not exhaustive, however, the following should be considered within retail premises
maintain good ventilation.
reducing touch points – doors open where possible
enhanced cleaning of common touch surfaces – card machines, door handles
use of screens at till areas to be used in addition to face coverings
provision of hand sanitiser
Remind customers of physical distancing i.e., Tanoy announcements or signage.
encouraging use of contactless payment rather than cash
legal requirement to wear a face covering (unless exempt)
maintaining physical distancing of 2 metres both inside and outside of the premises
maximum capacity of the retail premises
utilising a ‘one way system’
staggered start/finish times and break times of staff members
For further advice, please refer to the Scottish Governments Retail sector guidance - https://www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-covid-19-retail-sector-guidance/pages/close-contact-services/
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