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Prime Minister orders jewellers to close

BOJO ADDRESS

The Prime Minister has officially ordered shops selling non-essential items to close at midnight tonight.

Addressing the nation in a ministerial broadcast, Boris Johnson announced strict new curbs on life, including the immediate closure of all retail firms apart from food stores, chemists, banks and post offices.

This means the remaining few jewellers still trading will not be able to open their doors tomorrow.

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The PM warned that police will be out in full force to ensure all retailers follow these instructions.

The majority of jewellers had already taken the decision upon themselves, with Pandora leading the charge on Saturday with the closure of all of its stores in the UK & Ireland.

Today (Monday March 23), the likes of Beaverbrooks and Watches of Switzerland pulled the shutters on their stores until further notice alongside many independent jewellers up and down the country.

As physical retail is no longer an option for jewellers for at least the next few weeks (the Prime Minister said these measures will be reviewed after three weeks), online is going to be ever more important for business.

For jewellery firms concerned about staff welfare during this time, the government has agreed to pay 80% of retained workers, with the message being, “Stand by your workers and we will stand by you”.

Government will cover 80% of salary of retained workers

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The author Stacey Hailes

Editor, Professional Jeweller

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