JEWELLERY retailers are preparing to welcome back shoppers from tomorrow, but it won’t be business as usual.
To protect staff and customers from coronavirus, retailers have announced a wide range of social distancing measures.
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Beaverbrooks, for example, plans to reopen 58 of its 70 UK stores tomorrow, June 15.
New measures include perspex screens at consultation points and restrictions on the number of customers allowed into a store at any one time.
The retailer will also introduce floor markings and daily temperature checks for staff, while customers have to use the hand sanitizer stations before entering.
Masks and gloves will also be available for customers, but you don’t have to wear them if you don’t want to.
The good news is Beaverbrooks customers will be permitted to try on jewellery, which will be disinfected between wears with a specialist cleaning solution.
It could come in handy if you’d like reassurance that the ring fits before you splash out.
Shoppers will also be able to make individual appointments for purchases such as engagement rings, although they will be limited to the beginning and end of the day.
Meanwhile, jeweller Goldsmiths plans to reopen its stores in England tomorrow too, although it hasn’t yet confirmed how many it has.
Similar to Beaverbrooks, Goldsmiths customers can also make appointment bookings and the retailer will make a number of walk-in appointments available every day too.
It’s installed sneeze screens at its consultation desks, and will provide hand sanitiser as well as masks and gloves for customers.
If you’re planning to shop, keep in mind that Goldsmiths will only accept cashless payments in its stores.
If you don’t want to pop by a physical store, both Beaverbrooks and Goldsmiths are also offering online shopping and home delivery.
Both retailers offer standard home delivery for free.
Ernest Jones and H. Samuels, both owned by Signet, also plan to start reopening stores on June 15.
Social distancing measures include limits on the number of customers in stores at any one time and hand sanitiser stations for shoppers.
Similar to Beaverbrooks, customers will be able to try on jewellery, which will be cleaned before and after they are handled.
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Coral, meanwhile, is planning to install sneeze screens inside its bookies.