The Government has ordered kbb showrooms in England to shut during the second national lockdown, reports trade association the Kitchen Bedroom Bathroom Specialists Association (Kbsa)
National chair of the Kbsa Richard Hibbert commented: “The new guidance provides a new list for retail stories which must close and this includes “showrooms open to the public for products used in homes, including bathrooms, kitchens and glazing.
“It is regrettable that showrooms must close but it is welcome that the guidance is now very clear and we have a level playing field for all kitchen and bathroom retailers.”
He continued:”We have advised our members of this change and have also reassured them that we will continue our efforts to ensure that the level playing field is maintained.
“We are aware that some showrooms such as Wren and Magnet are still open and are continuing our dialogue with BEIS and Trading Standards to address this and protect our member’s interests.”
This change in ruling only applies to showrooms in England. In Wales, showrooms are currently open and in Scotland, where it has a five-tier systems, showrooms in all tiers remain open.
Hibbert added: “Our support networks remain in place for members to discuss any issues and our HR and legal partners will continue their relevant updates and webinars to help members negotiate their way through this challenging period.