NEXT will limit the number of shoppers allowed in stores at one time under plans to reopen when lockdown restrictions ease.
The retailer revealed its reopening plans as it launches a huge online sale to make way for new stock.
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The fashion and homeware chain is planning on bringing back Covid secure rules for when non-essential retail in England is allowed to reopen from April 12.
This includes capping the number of people allowed in a store in one go – the maximum number varies depending on the size of the store.
A marshall will be stationed at the entrances to monitor numbers and it will operate an one-in-one-out policy at busier times.
Customers will also be able to clean their hands at sanitiser stations that will be dotted around the shop.
Timeline for businesses reopening after lockdown
PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has outlined his roadmap for easing England out of lockdown.
Businesses will be allowed to reopen on the following dates, as long as the "four steps to freedom" are met.
- Hospitality outdoors
- Self-catered staycations with one household
- Indoor hospitality
- Indoor exercise gyms
- Bingo halls
- Sports stadiums to reopen but capped to 10,000 fans
Stores have been given the go-ahead by the Government to stay open until 10pm from mid-April but Next has said currently plans are to run normal opening hours.
Exactly when these are will depend on the location and store type – you can find when your local is open by using the store locator tool.
The fashion store has been closed since the start of the third national lockdown, back on January 5.
In some areas of England, shops have only been allowed to open for two weeks since November 5, because they were place in Tier 4 ahead of Christmas,
But it has been allowed to continue to stay open for click and collect as well as operate online.
The retailer launched its annual mid-season sale online last weekend to make room for new summer stock.
Next said that products that don't sell out in the clearance sale will be available in stores, but it will vary by shop.
What is available in the Next online sale?
Next's online clearance sale launched last weekend and features across all clothing and homeware range.
This is to make way for new summer stock, so you'll need to be quick to get your hands on the top products – once they've sold out they won't be replaced.
Next offers free delivery, or shoppers can pay £2 to choose the one hour delivery slot for home delivery.
Alternatively, customers can order their goods to be delivered to their nearest store for free through the click and collect service.
Here are some of our top picks in the Next online sale:
- Women's Ochre Boucia Coat – Was: £58, Now: £22. Saving: £36 (62%) – buy now
- Women's Grey Marl seamfree sports leggins – Was: £24, Now: £8. Saving: £16 (66%) – buy now
- Men's navy double breasted funnel neck coat – Was: £99, Now: £39. Saving: £60 (66%) – buy now
- Men's tan Signature Italial leather brogues – Was £79, Now: £31. Saving: £48 (60%) – buy now
- Newborn blue jersey dungarees and body suit set (0-3months) – Was: £16, Now: £5. Saving: £11 (68%) – buy now
- Girls black high shine padded jacket (3-16 years) – Was: £42-48, Now: £21-£24. Saving: £21-£24 (50%) – buy now
- Evie bed – Was: £525, Now: £260. Saving: £265 (50%) – buy now
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