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BRC responds to Government's relaxed social distancing rules

Tom Shearsmith
24 June 2020

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has welcomed the Prime Minister's announcement regarding relaxed social distancing limits, citing that it brings the country in line with World Health Organisation safety guidance.

The UK Government announced a relaxation of the two metre social distancing rule in England from 4 July, the same date when other high street businesses like pubs, restaurants and hairdressers will be able to re-open.

In England, the distancing advice from 4 July will be that people should remain at least one metre apart, opting for two metres if possible.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson told Parliament yesterday that the two metre rule “effectively makes life impossible for large parts of the economy”.

Helen Dickinson OBE, Chief Executive of the British Retail Consortium, said: “We welcome the Prime Minister's announcement that the social distancing limit will be reduced to one metre from 4th July.

"Retailers have worked hard to effectively implement social distancing measures during the pandemic and the safety of staff and customers will continue to be their main priority. The reduction will support shops, which have faced limits to footfall - and therefore spending - as a result of the distancing measures.

"The reopening of restaurants, bars and other services will also help encourage people back to our high streets. This is vital to reviving our town centres and we hope the public plays their part in supporting our local high streets. Every purchase we make is a shop helped and a job supported.”

UK footfall rose by 45% from Monday 15 June to Sunday 21 June 2020, compared to the previous week as non-essential stores had their first full week back trading again.

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