GGF advises caution as lockdown eases

  • 27 Apr 2021

As lockdown restrictions continue to ease nationwide, the GGF advises all companies to be cautious and still adhere to guidance.

The latest

On 12 April, the Government guidance stated all retail (including showrooms, garden centres and concession stores) in England could open.

Wales and Scotland re-opened showrooms earlier in April. In Northern Ireland, retail is expected to re-open by the end of April. In the Republic of Ireland Government will re-open retail on 4 May.

The Scottish Government also announces non-essential work in people’s homes can resume from 26 April. The GGF wrote to the Scottish Government regarding this matter in March, urging them to align with the rest of the UK, where working in people’s homes has been allowed since last year.

GGF ‘relief’

On the recent easing of restrictions, John Agnew (below), GGF Managing Director, comments: “It is with some relief for all consumer facing companies that the restrictions are now being eased.


“The GGF advises all companies re-opening retail premises to operate under the GGF and Government COVID-secure guidance.”

‘Vital that everyone behaves responsible’

James MacPherson (below), GGF Health, Safety and Environment Manager, adds: “It’s great to see that the Government testing and vaccination programme are having a significant impact and numbers of cases, hospitalisations and fatalities are coming down.


“However to make sure that we don’t slip back into another lockdown, it is vital that everyone behaves responsible and takes the necessary precautions.”

He urges companies to utilise the GGF website and check its COVID safe guides if needing assistance.

All companies in the industry can access and download the GGF specific guidance via the GGF website. Please see links below…

GGF COVID Safe guides



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