Penneys stores reopen this Friday, June 12.
It's been a long thirteen weeks since life as we knew it shut down as a result of COVID-19. We've been inundated with alarming news alerts, zoom is no longer just a camera shot that changes smoothly from a long shot to a close-up and baking banana bread is now something you can list under 'skills' on your CV.
There's a lot to love about lockdown: no lengthy commutes to work, never wearing a bra and finally having the time to get around to things you never could before (read: watching all 94 episodes of Sex and the City). But there's also been a lot to hate: not being able to see loved ones, overgrown roots and any shop other than supermarkets being closed.
But things are changing. As the country sets to enter phase two of the roadmap to normality (you can read more on phase two here), many retailers will begin to slowly reopen...including the one store we have all sorely missed, Penneys.
From what stores and when to the restrictions in place, here's everything you need to know about Penneys reopening in Ireland.
WHEN WILL PENNEYS RE-OPEN?
Penneys has confirmed that they will reopen their doors to customers this Friday, June 12th, for the first time since it closed its doors back in March due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
WILL EVERY STORE BE OPEN?
Yes, all 37 stores will re-open..but there's a catch. Stores with street access will open next Friday and on June 15 its stores located in shopping centres will re-open.
WHAT RESTRICTIONS ARE IN PLACE?
As shared by FM104, all stores will increase their in-store cleaning, making sure all tills, escalators and high-frequency touchpoints are constantly cleaned and tended to by staff.
Aside from that, Penneys also shared a list of protocol measures for both staff and customers when social distancing in store, as well as personal protection guidelines:
- In line with government guidelines, Penneys is limiting the number of customers into the store at any one time to allow for the appropriate distance between customers and employees.
- Clear signage and floor decals, as well as dedicated employees who are responsible for managing queues at tills and entrances to stores.
- Stores have hired additional security staff to help customers follow social distancing measures while queueing to enter each store.
- The company has redesigned the layout of the stores to allow for more space between people by reconfiguring the queuing system at the till points to allow for social distancing.
- Dedicated employees will be on hand to manage the correct flow of the queue
- Fitting rooms, customer toilets and the cafe and beauty concessions have been temporarily closed. This policy may be reviewed as the situation develops and in line with government guidance.
- Entry and exit points will be clearly marked
- Frequent announcements will be made in-store, reminding customers to adhere to social distancing measures.
- Hand sanitiser stations will be made available at the entrance and on the shop floor and back of house for employee and customer use.
- Every second till will be closed, in order to leave appropriate space between customers and between employees. Perspex screens have been installed on open tills to protect customers and employees.
- Face masks and gloves are available to all employees if they wish to use them.
- Customers are asked to sanitise their hands upon entry. Dedicated employees are on hand to assist customers if needed.
- All returns will be managed in line with government advice.
- Penneys has removed all testers from its health and beauty department.
- The company is encouraging card payments and contactless when possible to minimise cash interactions. Limits have been increased for contactless payments where possible.
- Dedicated employees have been appointed to manage queues at tills and entrances to stores to ensure social distancing measures are being followed.
- Dedicated employees make sure hand hygiene stations are topped up and report any issues or concerns to the store manager.
See you from a socially distanced 2m at the tills!