Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement in Parliament that social distancing limits will be reduced to one metre from 4th July, 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. This brings the UK in line with the WHO safety guidance. 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.”