Schuh to reopen 'the majority' of stores on Monday – but with shorter opening hours

SCHUH is to reopen most of its stores in England from Monday – but there will be shorter opening hours.

All 182 of the footwear stores have been closed for almost three months following government orders for all non-essential shops to shut to help stop the spread of the deadly coronavirus.

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Two Channel Island stores have already reopened in the past two weeks, and a further three in the Republic of Ireland welcomed back customers from June 8.

The retailer says "the majority" of its stores in England will open from June 15, as well as the rest of its shops in the Republic of Ireland.

All non-essential shops in England have been given the green-light to open again from Monday but stores will remain closed in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

This is because easing lockdown is a devolved issue and the governments in these nations haven't yet announced when they plan to open shops again.

What type of stores can reopen from June 15?

HERE'S a list of some the key retailers that will be allowed to reopen from next Monday:

  • Fashion shops
  • Charity shops
  • Betting shops and arcades
  • Tailors, dress fitters and fashion designers
  • Auction houses
  • Antique stores
  • Retail art galleries
  • Photography studios
  • Gift shops and retail spaces in theatres, museums, libraries, heritage sites and tourism sites
  • Mobile phone stores
  • Craft fairs
  • Similar types of retail

All Schuh stores will operate reduced hours when they first open and will work towards opening full time if reopening goes well.

Opening hours will vary depending on the store so you should use Schuh's branch locator tool to find out when your nearest shop will be open.

Before opening, each store will have to carry out a thorough risk assessment that ensures all staff and customers stay safe while it trades.

Staff have been provided with PPE, including masks and gloves, and hand sanitiser stations have been installed in branches.

Each branch will also undergo extra cleaning to reduce the risk of anyone catching the illness or passing it on.

Floor layouts have been changed to allow for social distancing and the number of customers allowed in each store will be capped- the limit varies by branch depending on how big it is.

Like JD Sports, all shoes that are tried on but not purchased will be sprayed with disinfectant before being put back into stock.

All returns will also be quarantined for 72 hours before being put back onto the shop floor, in line with government guidelines.

As well as offering its 20 per cent off Blue Light discount for emergency workers, it's extended the perk to Defence Discount Service members which helps those who work in the armed forces and veterans.

As live sports slowly returns to our TV screens, betting shops will also be able to open doors once again.

We've had a sneak peek inside a Coral branch to see what changes have been made to slow the spread of coronavirus – including erecting sneeze screens.

The Sun has also been behind the scenes at Primark and London Zoo to see how they're hoping to trade safely post-lockdown.

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