Non-essential retailers in England re-opened to the public from 15 June.

In order to ensure they continued to serve their customers, there was one stipulation – that they abide by government guidance to keep them ‘Covid-19 secure.’

This means ensuring social distancing and regular hygiene procedures are carried out, not just for customers but staff too. Regular disinfecting of surfaces, hand washing, reduced customer flow, clear signage on distancing and direction – it’s all part of the ‘new normal’ for retailers. Bradford’s original indoor Asian market was one of many businesses forced to close from 23 March due to lock-down rules.

The Bazaar which houses more than 50 market stalls ranging from clothes, to perfumes, to shoe shops, told Asian Standard how they have been preparing to re-open to ensure their traders and shoppers can be assured of a safe and pleasant shopping experience.

They have been following the Safer Workplaces Guidance issued by the UK government to ensure customers can continue enjoying their shopping experience in a safe and healthy environment.

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Hassan Ali, General Manager at The Bazaar said:

“Here at The Bazaar we are committed to ensuring all our traders, staff and customers continue to enjoy a great shopping experience taking into consideration the extra safety and health measures in tackling coronavirus.

“We have been working around the clock in carrying out essential risk assessments and ensuring health and safety measures are in full practice to enable a healthy environment for all our staff, traders and shoppers.

“Those visiting The Bazaar will be greeted with signage across all floors and entrances which advise of our new shopping rules and to maintain 2 metre distances while shopping with us.

“We have put on extra staff to manage queues at our entrances, with a limited number of customers allowed in the market at any one time.

“We have ensured there is additional hand sanitiser facilities and more frequent deep cleaning routines on our equipment and our toilets and rest areas.

“All our staff have been given extra safety training and health screenings before returning to work and we will continue to monitor their well-being as well as continue ongoing training to ensure we keep following the rules and keeping people safe.

“It’s been welcoming to see that our traders have also made extra efforts to keep their stalls clean and safe and are adapting to the new rules so that they can ensure their customers and their staff are fully supported and interact in a safe and healthy environment.

“It is great to be open again and it’s going to be wonderful seeing all our customers and interacting with people.”

The government has published COVID-19 secure guidance to support businesses to reopen and for workers to feel confident, safe, and empowered to return to work.

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