Kitchen and bathroom showrooms are open again: here’s the news

an 'open' sign on a shop to signal that kitchen and bathroom showrooms are open again

As England moves to Step Two of the roadmap out of lockdown, kitchen and bathroom showrooms are now allowed to open their doors. They’ll help bring your dream space to life from Monday, 12th of April 2021, with updated safety measures in place.

So, kitchen and bathroom showrooms are open again. With frequent cleaning and good hygiene promoted in every showroom to keep you safe, here is everything you need to know about visiting a showroom…

Kitchen and bathroom showrooms are open again. So, what’s changed?

Have you been eagerly waiting to visit showrooms and browse through state-of-the-art room displays? And then pick your favourite products for your new project? Then you will finally be able to do it!

Kitchen, bedroom and bathroom showrooms across England will be open for visits from Monday 12th April 2021. Oh, and consultations with their in-house designers, of course.

However, they’ll limit the number of staff and customers in the showroom. According to a kbbreview survey, 60% of retailers in England said they’ll open their showroom by appointment-only.

For example, in order to discourage queues, Wren Kitchens will use a unique guest card system to limit the number of shopping parties in a showroom at any time. Harvey Jones will welcome only one client in the showroom at a time. While one-to-one visits to the new VitrA showroom can be arranged upon request. With many design studios across the country offering similar services.

So, check with your preferred retailer before getting ready, grabbing your moodboard and heading to the showroom. Many retailers will keep hosting virtual appointments too. So if you don’t want to go out quite yet, see if you can set up a video call.

Which safety measures are now in place?

Now kitchen and bathroom showrooms are open again, the standard hands, face, space Covid-19 health & safety guidelines will continue to apply.

Face coverings

This safety measure continues to be mandatory in all indoor spaces, at least until the 21st of June. This is the date when they’ll remove all legal limits on social contact, and this includes showrooms, too.

Sanitising stations

Now kitchen and bathroom showrooms are open again, as before, retailers will provide hand sanitiser. Not just when entering the showrooms, but throughout to reduce the risk of transmission by touching products while browsing. They might also provide protective gloves, too, as an extra precaution.

Social distancing

Remember to keep two metres apart at all times from your designer and any other customers. This measure, together with the reduced number of customers at any one time in the showroom, is set to keep you, the staff and your designer safe.

Ventilation

Many showrooms have improved their air quality according to government guidelines to reduce the risk of airborne transmission. With updated ventilation indoors, showrooms will benefit from fresh air. They’ll also remove stale air that might potentially contain virus particles.

Frequent cleaning

Retailers will clean and disinfect all areas of the showroom throughout the day to reduce the risk of transmission, plus to make sure the space is ready for the next visit.

Will virtual appointments and consultations continue?

Don’t worry, most kitchen, bedroom and bathroom retailers will still have their virtual consultation and design services available to help you transform your home from your couch. Go to the retailer’s website to book an online consultation or give them a ring to find out more.  

So, kitchen and bathroom showrooms are open again. But if you don’t feel ready to visit, you can download our Project Planner kit and try these interactive tools. They’ll help you begin your project from the comfort of your own home.

For more information, visit: gov.uk/coronavirus

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