JD Sports stores in Wigan to re-open as high street returns to business

JD Sports is re-opening its stores across England on MondayJD Sports is re-opening its stores across England on Monday
JD Sports is re-opening its stores across England on Monday
The retail chain said it is preparing to welcome customers back to all 309 of its stores across England on Monday as lockdown restrictions are eased.

Stores will re-open to customers across shopping centres, high streets and retail parks, after the Government gave the go-ahead for non-essential retail to restart.

But shoppers will see closed changing rooms, restrictions on touching goods and one-way systems in place, as part of measures to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

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JD Sports said it will be allowing a limited number of shoppers in stores, providing hand sanitising stations, protective screens at tills, separating returned stock for 72 hours to reduce transmission, and closing changing rooms, in line with Government guidance.

It has also given staff social distance training ahead of reopening, while each store will have a "host" near the entrance to manage access and answer customer questions on safety measures.

Peter Cowgill, executive chairman at JD Sports, said: "Following 12 weeks of lockdown, we recognise the continued importance of maintaining social distancing and a safe environment in which to work and shop, and therefore have taken all necessary steps and precautions to give our staff and customers the confidence that they can safely return to our stores."