In the last few weeks the GGF has received numerous queries regarding whether or not Showrooms can be re-opened following the Government’s Guidance on working in people’s homes was released on 11th 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 that 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 emphasized though that if firms in England choose to open premises they must apply social distancing guidelines, and if social distancing is difficult then perhaps companies should 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 please visit: https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19