In the last few weeks, the Glass and Glazing Federation (GGF) has received plenty of queries on whether or not showrooms can be re-opened, following the Government’s guidance on working in people’s homes, released on 11 May.
The GGF has contacted the Director of Construction at the Government department of Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) to ask if Showrooms could re-open.
The GGF was informed that the scope of the guidance on retail has been a subject of debate within Government; however, it was confirmed the interpretation now is that, if a firm is selling products that are linked to the home, either furnishings or for home improvement, they would be covered by the exemption for ‘homeware, building supplies and hardware’.
The Government emphasised if firms in England choose to open premises then social distancing guidelines must be adhered to, and if social distancing is difficult then companies should possibly consider opening on an appointment-only basis.
So it is up to companies to decide whether or not to open their showrooms, but if they choose to do so, they need to apply the Safer Working guidelines, as published by Government for companies and individuals operating in England.
To read the Government guidance on safe working, visit https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19
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