Sports Direct to reopen stores from June 15
SPORTS Direct is to reopen stores from June 15 as lockdown rules are eased, with House of Fraser branches to do the same a few days later. Fraser Group, which owns both brands, hopes to get the bus…
Almost three months on, they have now been given thego-ahead to open againfrom mid-June.As well as all Sports Direct stores, Fraser Group plans to reopen Flannels, Jack Wills and GAME stores in England from June 15.In total, the group has more than 800 stores across the UK.
Five steps businesses need to take before reopeningBEFORE reopening, businesses are encouraged by the Government to follow these five guidelines:Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessmentcarry out a risk assessment in line with theconsult with staff or trade unions
share the results of the risk assessment with staff and on company websitesDevelop cleaning, handwashing and hygiene proceduresencourage people to follow theprovide hand sanitiser around the workplace, in addition to washroomsfrequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly
enhance cleaning for busy areasset clear use and cleaning guidance for toiletsprovide hand drying facilities – either paper towels or electrical dryersHelp people to work from homeBusinesses should take all reasonable steps to help people work from home by:
discussing home working arrangementsensuring they have the right equipment, for example remote access to work systemsincluding them in all necessary communicationslooking after their physical and mental wellbeingMaintain 2m social distancing, where possible
put up signs to remind workers and visitors of social distancing guidanceavoid sharing workstationsuse floor tape or paint to mark areas to help people keep to a 2m distancearrange one-way traffic through the workplace if possibleswitch to seeing visitors by appointment only if possible
Where people cannot be 2m apart, manage transmission riskconsider whether an activity needs to continue for the business to operatekeep the activity time involved as short as possibleuse screens or barriers to separate people from each otheruse back-to-back or side-to-side working whenever possible
stagger arrival and departure timesreduce the number of people each person has contact with by using "fixed teams or partnering"It says it will take a phased approach, and will open House of Fraser shops once the Government has issued further guidance on larger stores reopening.
The retailer hasn't yet announced which stores will be opening first.All warehouse, back-office and shop-floor staff will be given PPE and perspex screens will be put up at the tills to reduce the risk of spreading the virus.In some stores, customers will have to shop using a one-way system and aisles will be widened where possible to make room for social-distancing.
Where possible, shoppers will also be encouraged to pay using their card and all fitting rooms will remain closed.A Fraser Group spokesperson said: "The safety and wellbeing of our staff, customers and their families remains our primary focus, and we are investing heavily to ensure social distancing and other recommendations will be followed.
"A dedicated, specialist team – including external consultants - will be continually reviewing and, if necessary, adjusting all procedures once we re-open."Billionaire boss Mike Ashley - who owns Fraser Group - came under fire in March for announcing that it would
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