THE outbreak of coronavirus and lockdown to contain its spread meant several department stores had to close down, including John Lewis.
The retailer has now announced it plans to open its stores on a “phased basis” after the Government announced its timeline on when non-essential shops can reopen.
When will John Lewis stores reopen?
John Lewis will reopen some of its branches when other non-essential businesses are allowed to begin operations again on June 15.
Kingston and Poole will be the first to reopen on June 15, with 11 more set to follow on June 18.
The selected stores were chosen because of their accessibility by car, according to the store.
Further stores will be opening throughout the summer if customers and staff are able to maintain the safety guidelines.
“Our plan sees us open our shops on a phased basis, to enable us to test the changes we are introducing and ensure the best and safest customer and partner experience,’ according to the retail giant.
John Lewis closed its doors to comply with government directives for all non-essential shops to shut in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic.
To facilitate a safe return to operations, several changes have been introduced by the retailer.
What are the new lockdown shopping rules at John Lewis?
Like many non-essential businesses making a comeback on June 15, John Lewis will have to comply with social distancing guidelines issued by Public Health England.
Under the guidelines, members of the public who are not from the same household must make sure there is a gap of two metres between them at all times.
There will also be “customer service hosts” who will be responsible for managing the number of people coming into the stores.
Screens will also be installed at checkouts in order to protect both staff and customers.
John Lewis has also said it will clean its stores regularly and frequently in a bid to keep up with hygienic standards.
Customers who will be looking to pay through contactless methods will also see the limit go up to £45.
Beauty services in branches will still be unavailable as they involve close contact which will breach social distancing guidelines.
Cafes will also remain shut, and changing rooms will be unavailable.
In addition, an item returned will be left out for 72 hours before returning to shelves.