High street fashion retailer Next will re-open online this week after being unavailable for two weeks.
Next was one of a limited number of retailers who halted all online sales as well as closing its shops in line with the government’s coronavirus lockdown guidance.
Next shut their warehouses and distribution centres due to fears over staff safety, but now expect to reopen the service after “an unbelievable amount of planning”, reports the Mail on Sunday.
After consulting staff, a number of new safety measures have been implemented including one-way systems and walkways at its warehouses.
Usdaw, the union for retail workers, supports the measures as they ensure that social-distancing is maintained. Over 3,000 members of staff have volunteered to return to work.
The launch will happen in a number of stages, beginning with a small range being available for purchase. There will be a limit on the number of items which can be ordered on any one day so that workers can safely fill them.
The website is believed to be relaunching imminently, but the exact time or day is not yet known.