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Weird Fish reopened at Gloucester Quays

Lifestyle clothing brand Weird Fish is welcoming back shoppers to its store at Gloucester Quays with new health and safety measures in place .

The Cheltenham-based company is also reopening stores in Swindon, Keswick and Falmouth.

Following several months of work behind the scenes, Weird Fish has developed a detailed plan to ensure the health and safety of all shoppers and staff, with ongoing work continuing over the coming months to ensure all measures align with the latest advice, and will work in practice.

Managing director John Stockton said: "We have been closely monitoring guidelines from the government and British Retail Consortium over the past months, and our staff have been doing extensive detailed planning to prepare for the reopening of our stores - while also working hard during an incredibly busy trading period. 

"We are gradually opening stores as part of a phased approach while we trial our new health and safety measures and keep a close eye on store operations."

Weird Fish's plan includes risk assessments ahead of opening, to review the Gloucester store and highlight any potential issues. 

In line with social distancing rules, the store will have a grid mechanism in place, where vinyl floor tape will divide the shop into dedicated areas to help with staff and customer spacing. 

Floor stands will also be removed or repositioned to help customer flow, with clear signage emphasising the two-metre social distancing rule.

The number of customers allowed into the store will be restricted, with dedicated staff members monitoring customer numbers and reinforcing social distancing rules, as well as actively encouraging customers to shop alone.

A strict rota will also be in place to ensure frequent, thorough cleaning, with hand sanitising areas available for both staff and the public in store. In addition, all returned products will be quarantined and undergo extensive cleaning.

Mr Stockton said: "Our highest priority is ensuring that our customers feel safe when they shop with us and increasing health and safety measures is key to achieving this. 

"We're looking forward to welcoming back our loyal shoal and giving them the shopping experience they know and love at Weird Fish, with our new safety measures in place."

The company is reviewing plans to open its other stores in due course, as part of a phased store opening strategy.

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