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Carpets: Sales

Question for Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

UIN 52584, tabled on 28 May 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, whether businesses solely selling carpets are considered to be homeware retailers who may open their premises.

Answered on

4 June 2020

The regulations have always identified homeware, building supplies and hardware stores as being among those businesses which may be regarded as legal exceptions to the requirement to close.

The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020 does not include a definition on what constitutes a homeware retailer. It is for each business to assess whether they are a business exempt from closing having considered the Regulations.

Where stores do remain open they are strongly advised to do so only where staff and customers can adhere to PHE guidelines on social distancing.

Answered by

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
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