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Jewellers reopen in Wales with strict social distancing measures

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After months of being closed, jewellery retailers in Wales can now raise their shutters and welcome customers back.

From today (June 22), non-essentials shops are able to reopen for business, but with strict social-distancing and hygiene measures in place.

While many of the measures are similar to those in England, additional rules include consumers only being able to visit shops near their home – within five miles as a general rule – and shoppers are being encouraged to only touch things they are planning to buy, which will make buying high-end jewellery items tricky.

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Stores in Wales were also not given as much notice as businesses in England, with many saying they are not ready to open yet and big chains, such as Primark and Debenhams, remaining closed for the foreseeable future.

As Primark has been driving a lot of traffic to high streets in England, their decision to not open in Wales yet could impact business for other stores.

Find out how jewellery retailers in England got on trading for the first week post lock-down below:

EXCLUSIVE: What first week trading post-lockdown was like for jewellers

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The author Stacey Hailes

Editor, Professional Jeweller

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