Revo joins call with Prime Minister to discuss framework for returning safely back to work

Revo joins call with Prime Minister to discuss framework for returning safely back to work

11 May 2020

Last night, Revo chief executive Vivienne King joined a conference call with the Prime Minister and Business Secretary to learn more about the government’s plan for returning to work safely.


Given the work our members have been involved in to protect staff and customers on reopening, we are confident that the broader retail sector will be ready to reopen on 1 June and we are urging the Government to recognise this and work to meet this target date.


Framework guidance for safe return to work will be issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) this week.


Revo has contributed to this Government guidance and last week we published Getting Ahead - Considerations for exiting lockdown, making the case for how to safely reopen shopping centres and retail parks at the appropriate time.


Vivienne King, Chief Exec at Revo, said:

“There is clear economic benefit for reopening shopping centres and retail parks in returning thousands of people to work and kick-starting consumer spending, but public health is of paramount importance and work is underway now to be absolutely clear how social distancing can be maintained and footfall managed at retail locations.

“Whilst the Prime Minister is taking a cautious approach to easing the lock down, prudent operators are giving serious consideration to the practicalities of moving towards full reopening, drawing on global experiences.

“Revo is actively engaging with BEIS and local authorities to determine how shopping centres and retail parks best reopen safely. In order to support the planning into this unknown world we are also publishing a framework to prepare for reopening, which can be used across all asset types from super out-of-town retail destinations to community shopping centres. Aligned with the BRC’s guidelines for occupiers, it will address the key challenges, namely queueing and the psychology of coming into public spaces. Whilst an integrated approach will need to be taken in all our public places, at shopping centres and retail parks owners and occupiers can most obviously work together to actively manage movement and create safe places to be.”


Read the full article in Property Week here.