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Marshals at the door and staff to wash hands every 20 minutes: how Poundland plans to reopen its stores

PUBLISHED: 13:49 13 May 2020 | UPDATED: 14:28 13 May 2020

Poundland in Castle Quarter is reopening on Monday. Pic: Archant

Poundland in Castle Quarter is reopening on Monday. Pic: Archant

Poundland, with stores across Norfolk, is reopening in “Operation Sleeping Beauty” which sees a gradual return to full operation.

Stores in Norwich’s Castle Quarter and Regent Road in Yarmouth will be among the first to reopen on Monday, May 18 in Norfolk along with the outlet in the Britten shopping centre, Lowestoft, Suffolk.

Those are among 30 reopening first and then more will follow.

Some stores had stayed open for essential purchases.

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It is bringing in strict new safety measures including marshals at the door to limit the number of customers in store at any one time, floor markers to help customers maintain social distancing and perspex screens at checkouts. Staff are going to be washing their hands every 20 minutes and surfaces are being wiped down every hour.

“We’ve never been prouder of our role as a retailer at the heart of communities and high streets,” said Poundland’s retail director Austin Cooke. “While safety has to come first, we’re delighted to be able to begin reopening hibernating Poundland stores to fully serve those communities across the UK with the essentials they need.”

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