// Reiss to embark on a phased reopening of its UK stores from June 15 as per government guidance
// It follows a successful reopening of selected stores in Europe
// Reiss will initially reopen 26 stores and a second wave will follow a few weeks later
Reiss is the latest retailer to unveil plans to reopen its first 26 UK stores on June 15 after the government said non-essential shops can exit lockdown from that date.
The fashion retailer said it was in the latest stage of its phased reopening plans, having already opened some stores in mainland Europe.
It said it would implement a number of health and safety procedures to help comply with government guidance.
Appropriate Covid-19 safety initiatives to be introduced will include social distancing, a limit on the number of customers in-store at any one time, and the placing of hand sanitising stations at store entrances and cash desks.
In addition, staff will be provided with face masks and disposable gloves.
To limit the number of customers using fitting rooms, customers will be encouraged to purchase garments to try on at home and use an extended 60 day returns policy if the products are unsuitable.
Reiss’ stores will also operate on reduced trading hours to enable staff to travel to and from work outside of peak periods.
Chief executive Christos Angelides said the business has been “encouraged” by its first openings in continental Europe and has seen a “very positive” reaction to its new collection.
“We have been working on a phased reopening plan for a number of weeks,” he said.
“Reiss stores will be carefully managed, in accordance with the latest health and safety guidelines to ensure the utmost wellbeing of our staff and customers.
“We have transferred key learnings from our European teams and customers to ensure a safe, robust and enjoyable experience in the UK. We very much look forward to welcoming our customers back through our doors on 15 June”.