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ATA urges retailers to get in touch over reopening issues

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The Angling Trades Association (ATA) is urging retailers with issues to contact it before they are due to reopen on June 15.

The chairman of the UK’s Angling Trades Association (ATA) has urged members to get into contact over any issues arising from the reopening of tackle retailers.

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced measures last week that shops ranging from department stores to smaller independent shops in England could reopen from June 15, contingent on meeting Government criteria. 

“From a business sense, we are encouraging members to open where possible while implementing social distancing,” said Andrew Race, who took over the ATA chair in March. 

“The ATA has been reissuing guidelines throughout the crisis and we would ask members to get in touch with any specific issues, as we appreciate that each shop lay-out is different and not all will be conducive to easy implementation of simple distancing systems.

“In some cases retailers will have to be creative, but we feel that distancing or click-and-collect sales procedures should be viable on most premises.”

Race, Managing Director of scales manufacturer, Reuben Heaton, has worked closely with the Angling Trust, the representative body for anglers, to lobby for a return to fishing in accordance with safety guidelines. 

“We also appreciate that members have staffing levels to consider,” he said. “Implementation of distancing systems entails extra supervision. SME’s across the UK are carefully staging returns to work to complement cash flows and levels of incoming business. 

“The extra work of implementation means potentially earlier recall of furloughed staff that some businesses may be able to afford. 

“On that note, we will be encouraging anglers to support their local retailer and work with whatever methods their local retailers and fisheries are implementing. The worst scenario for retailers is a second spike in CV19 cases and the reimplementation of lockdown measures.”

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