The recommendations have been published by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) ahead of an anticipated easing of lockdown restrictions. In the guidelines, retail stores have been advised to consider closing or restricting access to toilets as well as changing rooms.
They also suggest restricting the number of shoppers and limiting or removing customer seating.
The report, published on Saturday, also encourages shops to keep cafes and restaurants closed until further notice and advises retailers to erect protective barriers at tills and consider using one-way systems around stores to maintain social distancing.
Paying by cash will also be discouraged with hand sanitisers provided in cleaning stations for customers.
Separate entrances and exits are also suggested and for doors to be kept open where possible.
Shoppers in Britain will have to follow new strict guidelines when high street stores reopen (Image: getty)
The recommendations have been published by the British Retail Consortium (Image: getty)
They also encourage that self-checkout tills, door handles, lift buttons and handrails are cleaned regularly.
The seven-page document was endorsed by shop workers trade union Usdaw and was released to the public amid growing expectation that the Government may reopen some shops to aid the bruised economy.
So far there have been more than 148,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK.
On Saturday 813 new deaths from coronavirus increased the UK total to 20,319.
Some shops including B&Q and Homebase have started to open stores (Image: getty)
The chain store John Lewis is reportedly drawing up a blueprint for a phased reopening programme which could be ready by the middle of next month.
Andrew Murphy, the director of operations at John Lewis Partnership and who also overseas Waitrose, told the Mail on Sunday the programme would take up to six weeks to implement and would only be initiated in strict cooperation with the Government and health officials.
Some shops including B&Q and Homebase have started to open stores.
Yesterday, Homebase opened 20 and said it will hold a meeting today to discuss rolling out the plan to more of its 158 stores.
The Government are still urging the public to stay home as much as possible (Image: getty)
Separate entrances and exits are suggested in the guidelines (Image: getty)
The chief executive of the BRC, Helen Dickinson said: “Retailers are closely following developments from the Government on when restrictions might be eased and are starting to plan accordingly.
“Since the lockdown, many retailers have proved how shops can be run safely and effectively in line with the Government’s social distancing advice.”
She added: “This guidance is the product of retail’s incredible efforts to adapt to exceptional circumstances.”
Paddy Lillis, the Usdaw general secretary, said: “Non-food retail should only start trading again when expert public health advice agrees.
Coronavirus cases live (Image: Express.co.uk)
“However, we need to be ready and we need to make sure that the proper preparations and measures are put in place.”
The BRC’s guidelines suggest that retailers should calculate the area of each store and limit the number of customers accordingly based on the two meter social distancing rules.
They also advise stores to move any promotional figures so that shoppers can move more freely and to position staff in the shop to advise customers of the etiquette.
The BRC’s guidelines suggest that retailers should calculate the area of each store (Image: getty)
Limiting the use of lifts and encouraging the use of barriers to restrict the length of queues were also mentioned.
The guidelines advise store managers to “consider what steps will be taken by managers and staff where customers are not following social distancing measures”.
The Government are still urging the public to stay home as much as possible in order to stop the spread of coronavirus.