High Streets set to reopen next week

9 June 2020

Clothes shops, toy shops, furniture shops and electrical shops are just some of the Brent businesses preparing to reopen next week after twelve weeks of lockdown.

From the 15 June, all non-essential retail shops will be allowed to reopen, as long as they follow COVID-19 secure guidelines and carry out a specific risk assessment to ensure the safety of staff and customers.

Shops selling books, shoes, antiques, cards and gifts, mobile phones and electrical appliances, as well as craft and hobby shops, charity shops, photography studios and indoor markets will all also be allowed to welcome customers again.

Car show rooms and outdoor markets were allowed to reopen on 1 June, but hairdressers, nail bars, beauty salons, pubs, and clubs will have to remain closed to the public under the latest government guidance.

To help prepare businesses, Brent Council’s Community Protection Team, Neighbourhood Management, Regulatory Service officers and Town Centre Managers have been advising businesses on how they can safely reopen and what enforcement action they will face if they do not comply with the new Covid-19 rules. 

Cllr Shama Tatler, Brent Council’s Cabinet Member responsible for High Streets, said:  

“The easing of restrictions on these non-essential businesses will be a relief to many and hopefully support our valued local businesses, but it won’t be an immediate return to business as usual, as it was before lockdown began this year.

“We have to remember that sadly Brent has some of the highest number of Covid-19 deaths and cases in London.

“It is on all of us to remain vigilant, to maintain social distancing and help stop the spread of the virus.

“Shoppers can expect to see queues to get into shops, one way systems around stores, perspex screens in stores, shop assistants wearing PPE and they may also notice pavements have been widened to help people maintain a safe distance.

“We’re here to help our businesses and have been advising them on how to stay Covid-19 secure, but we also stand ready to step in and take whatever action necessary if businesses are operating in a way which puts people at risk.”

If you are aware of a Brent business not following these guidelines, please report it immediately by emailing trading.standards@brent.gov.uk