CAN YOU OPEN YOUR SHOP YET?


The question many of you are asking is  when will it be possible to reopen and start trading again?

As members of the British Blind and Shutters Association will already know, our trade body  has been working hard on our behalf to get the best advice and help members to get back to business safely. 

So long as you have determined it is safe to do so, the answer is "yes".

Regulations in England closing non-essential retail shops have a number of exemptions and one of those is 'homeware'.


Dictionary definitions of homewares include, furnishings and curtains. As such, Curtain/blind and furnishing retailers may open their premises as long as it is safe to do so. 

The Government has produced Guidance to help employers, employees and the self-employed understand how to work safely during the coronavirus pandemic: this can be seen here;

 www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-duringcoronavirus-covid-19.

The requirements and legislation in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales varies slightly. For advice to businesses in other parts of the UK please see guidance set by the Northern Ireland Executive, the Scottish Government, and the Welsh Government. 


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