// Boots has closed all beauty & fragrance counters to protect against coronavirus
// Staff affected can switch to working in health & pharmacy departments
Boots has closed its in-store beauty and fragrance counters as part of the government’s new measures to shut down all non-essential services on high streets.
The health and beauty retail giant said it has encouraged affected staff to switch to working in its healthcare and pharmacy departments.
Meanwhile, the majority of Boots’ opticians and hearing care stores will temporarily close, but a small number will remain open to offer services for people with essential eye and hearing care needs.
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“Our focus at this time is on supplying communities with the healthcare, pharmacy and essential items that they need,” Boots UK managing director Seb James said on Monday.
“Boots UK beauty colleagues, including those who work for No7, Liz Earle, Benefit, Fenty and fragrance counters will not be required to go to work in Boots stores.
“However, we are asking them to consider staying in store and switching roles to assist with our healthcare efforts as we continue to work tirelessly to support those who need us. This is of course, their choice.
“Boots has a unique role to play during this time, and our duty and focus is to ensure that pharmacy, healthcare and a wide range of the essential products that we sell are available to those who need them.”