Primark has responded to calls that it should reopen its stores from next month.
At the daily press briefing, the Prime Minister revealed that outdoor markets and car showrooms in England will be able to reopen from June 1 – as long as they adhere to coronavirus safety guidelines.
This means that in just three weeks time, retailers including clothing stores, toy shops and furniture outlets could be open across England.
Businesses will however only be able to open “once they have completed a risk assessment” and have taken the “necessary steps to become Covid-19 secure” in line with current legislation.
New guidance suggests the implementation of measures such as placing protective coverings on large items, frequent cleaning of objects and surfaces, as well as the introduction of more self-checkouts.
In a statement released yesterday, Alok Sharma said that the high street “sits at the heart of every community.”
The Business Secretary added: “Enabling these businesses to open will be a critical step on the road to rebuilding our economy, and will support millions of jobs across the UK.”
The announcement has received a mixed response from the public and business owners alike, though many consumers have expressed interest in returning to their favourite stores.
This includes calls for budget retailer Primark to reopen – with the chain having reportedly seen its sales fall from £650m a month to zero throughout the ongoing lockdown in the UK.
Primark stores closed their doors back in March amid World Health Organisation advice for retailers during the coronavirus pandemic.
CEO Paul Marchant said at the time that the “top priority” was the wellbeing of employees and customers, confirming that all stores across the UK would be closed “until further notice.”
Following the announcement yesterday though, a number of customers took to Twitter to express their excitement at the prospect of such stores reopening in England next month.
However, Primark wouldn’t provide the update that customers wanted, as it did not confirm that it would be reopening stores from June 15.
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Responding to calls by customers, the retailer explained: “With the health and welfare of our employees front of mind, our stores are closed until further notice.”
It means customers won’t be able to buy new goods from the fashion retailer for the forseeable future, as the Irish business doesn’t currently have an online store.
And on this topic, Primark also confirmed last night that it’s “not planning on opening an online store” either.