// Dobbies to reopen its stores across England from tomorrow
// Social distancing, queuing system, in-store customer limits, protective screens, PPE and hand sanitisers will feature
Dobbies it set to re-open its 54 stores across England from tomorrow after receiving guidance from the government that garden centres may open during the lockdown.
The gardening retailer said the safety of staff and customers was the priority and social distancing measures have been implemented to allow the stores to operate safely along with a limit on customer numbers in the stores at one time and a queuing system.
Hand sanitising and trolley cleaning stations will also be available at all store entrances.
Protective screens have been installed at tills and customers will be asked to pay with card or contactless, where possible.
Appropriate PPE has been provided for staff, who will also receive training and regular briefings on how to keep themselves and customers safe, and rigorous daily hygiene routines will continue throughout the stores.
While the in-store restaurants and soft plays will remain temporarily closed, Dobbies said it would offer a takeaway menu from Friday.
“We have taken care to ensure we are following guidance provided by the government, British Retail Consortium and Horticultural Trade Association to reopen responsibly,” Dobbies chief executive Graeme Jenkins said.
“Our team is well prepared, social distancing measures are in place and we look forward to welcoming customers back into our stores across England.
“I would like to thank our team members and customers for their understanding during these uncertain times.”