The Government has confirmed that outdoor markets and showrooms will be able to start trading again in England from Monday (1 June), so long as they keep customers safe. All other non-essential retailers - including shops selling architectural hardware
- can follow suit two weeks later, from 15 June.
The Government has published specific guidance
for people who work in or run shops, branches, stores or similar environments (this does specifically mention hardware stores).
The advice has been prepared by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy with input from firms, unions, industry bodies and the devolved administrations in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, and in consultation with Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive.
It sets out guidance on how to work safely and gives practical considerations of how this can be applied in the workplace. Each business will need to translate this into the specific actions it needs to take, depending on the nature of their business, including the size and type of business, how it is organised, operated, managed and regulated.
Much of this advice will be of use to GAI member companies.
To read more about the guidance that is most relevant to the architectural ironmongery industry, please read the full article on the GAI website here. It includes advice on risk assessments and links to information specific to England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.