The recommendations were published by the British Retail Consortium (BRC) before an early relaxation of foreclosure restrictions. In the guidelines, retail stores were asked to consider closing or restricting access to restrooms and locker rooms.
The report, released on Saturday, also encourages stores to keep cafes and restaurants closed until further notice and advises retailers to erect protective barriers at checkouts and consider using one-way systems around stores to maintain social distance.
Cash payment will also not be recommended with hand sanitizers provided at cleaning stations for customers.
Separate entrances and exits are also suggested and doors should be kept open as much as possible.
They also encourage regular cleaning of cash registers, door handles, lifting knobs and handrails.
The seven-page document has been approved by the Usdaw store workers union and has been released to the public as government expectations are increasing to reopen some stores to help the battered economy.
So far, there have been over 148,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in the UK.
On Saturday, 813 new deaths from the coronavirus brought the UK total to 20,319.
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BRC Executive Director Helen Dickinson said, “Retailers are following government developments closely when the restrictions may be relaxed and are starting to plan accordingly.
“Since the foreclosure, many retailers have proven how stores can be managed safely and efficiently in accordance with government advice on social distancing.”
She added, “These tips are the product of incredible efforts by the retail industry to adapt to exceptional circumstances. “
Paddy Lillis, the secretary general of Usdaw, said: “Non-food retailing should only start again when expert advice from public health is agreed.
“However, we have to be ready and we have to make sure that the right preparations and measures are put in place.”
BRC guidelines suggest that retailers should calculate the area of each store and limit the number of customers accordingly based on the social distance rules of two meters.
They also advise stores to move any promotional figures so that buyers can move more freely and to position staff in the store to inform customers of the label.
Limiting the use of elevators and encouraging the use of barriers to limit the length of queues was also mentioned.
The guidelines advise store managers to “consider what measures will be taken by managers and staff when customers do not respect social distancing measures”.
The government is still urging the public to stay at home as much as possible to stop the spread of the coronavirus.