Which Next stores are reopening? – The Sun

NEXT stores have been closed since late March when the lockdown restrictions were first introduced to stop the spread of coronavirus.

But with lockdown measures easing across the UK, when will Next stores begin to reopen?

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When will Next stores reopen?

In a coronavirus briefing on May 25, Boris Johnson announced that in a bid to help the struggling high streets, all non-essential stores will be able to reopen from June 15.

This means that fashion retailers such as Next can open their stores across the UK.

But retailers must adhere to social distancing guidelines if they wish to reopen safely.

Next have announced that they will open 25 of their 500 stores across the UK from June 15.

The exact stores have not been named but they will most likely be the bigger stores in cities and towns.

What are the new lockdown shopping rules at Next?

According to a spokesperson for the fashion retailer, new shopping rules will be introduced in stores across the UK.

There will be a flow of pedestrians in the stores with adapted exits and entrances, along with new rest areas and workstations.

For the safety of customers, tills will include screens and sanitisation stations will be dotted around the store.

A spokesperson for Next said: "On Thursday 26 March, we temporarily closed our UK warehouses and distribution networks in order to adapt our operations to working safely in a coronavirus world.

"During the 18 days of closure, we re-organised all aspects of our warehousing to ensure social distancing and improved sanitation.

"We re-organised the flow of pedestrians, adapted exits, entrances, congregation areas, rest areas and workstations.

"In addition, we changed our picking routines and delivery promise to smooth workflow during the day and eliminated the peaks in activity most likely to result in close contact between operatives."

The spokesperson added: "We have plans in place for the re-purposing of our stores ready to re-open in a socially distanced world.

"Measures include screening of tills, distance marking walkways, sanitisation stations, exit and entry management systems and other measures.

"The reduction in sales volumes has meant that we have a lot more stock in our warehouses than anticipated.

"Although our main July and January End of Season Sales are likely to fall outside lockdown, we believe clearing our surplus stock will prove challenging if social distancing restrictions are in force."

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