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Coronavirus: Will you be heading to the shops today?

Coronavirus: Will you be heading to the shops today?

Published at 6:51am 15th June 2020. (Updated at 1:17pm 16th June 2020)

Shops welcome back customers following easing of lockdown measures

  • Shops across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale will re-open to customers for the first time in almost three months this morning.
  • Retailers will have to put strict social distancing measures in place, and shoppers can expect things like screens at tills and closed fitting rooms.

Non-essential shops across Harrogate, Craven and Wharfedale will be allowed to reopen their doors today (Monday, 15 June).

They've been closed since lockdown was introduced almost three months ago. 

New safety rules will be in place, to try to ensure social distancing. 

Owner of Little Darlings Toys, in Knaresborough is Michael Baker-Kilburn told Stray FM the thought of opening is daunting:

Boris Johnson has urged people to "shop with confidence".

He said he was "very optimistic" about stores reopening - although acknowledged that retailers did not know whether there will be a "huge wave of customers" or a "trickle".

One shop-owner who's looking forward to reopening is Ruth Eidsforth, from Discount Sports Skipton.

She told Stray FM she's missed face-to-face interactions with customers:

Shops will have to stick to guidelines designed to keep staff and customers safe from the coronavirus.

They must ensure two metre distancing is always maintained and are encouraged to use contactless payments where possible.

They should also discourage the touching of products and ensure any items being returned are quarantined for 72 hours.

Skipton shopowner Ruth Eidsforth told Stray FM she hopes people will turn up:

Not all stores will open their doors immediately. Some will carry out a phased approach - with many opening over the coming days and weeks once safety precautions are implemented.

For large and small retailers alike it's about instilling confidence - without it, customers won't come.

Knaresborough shop owner Michael Baker-Kilburn told Stray FM that safety is a priority for local retailers: