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Smaller stores concerned by tougher Covid rules

Smaller stores concerned by tougher Covid rules

Trade bodies have warned that a proposed change to social distancing rules which would mean people must stay three metres apart would render smaller shops unviable. The British Retail Consortium and the Federation of Small Businesses said small essential retailers are already hamstrung by the current "one metre-plus" rule, and a change to two metres-plus would cut the number of people allowed in stores by three-quarters. Tom Ironside at the BRC pointed out that retailers have already invested hundreds of millions of pounds to ensure they could operate safely under the current restrictions. FSB national chair Mike Cherry said that if a rule change does emerge, the Government must provide an "adequate financial response".


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