Shops blow £75MILLION on signs telling customers to stay 2m apart – which are now useless after rules were changed
- Non-essential stores in England were allowed to open June 15 with restrictions
- From next Saturday customers can be one metre apart if face masks are worn
- Meadowhall shopping centre, near Sheffield, spent £30,000 on useless signs
Shops have spent up to £75 million on signs encouraging customers to remain two metres apart – which have now been rendered redundant after the rule was relaxed.
Now they face having to pay tens of millions more to replace them.
Non-essential stores in England were allowed to open on June 15 with the two-metre rule, but from next Saturday customers can be one metre apart if other measures, such as face masks, are in place.
Retail analyst Richard Hyman came up with the £75 million figure based on 300,000 non-essential stores each spending an average of £250 on signs.
The vast Meadowhall shopping centre, near Sheffield, said they alone had spent £30,000.
Supplier Astley Signs said that many retailers were now choosing ‘less specific’ messages such as ‘keep your distance’ to cover themselves in case of any future rule changes.
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