Coronavirus: Government urges retailers to continue ‘vital’ trading online

Alok Sharma

The business secretary wants UK retailers to continue trading online “as a vital lifeline” for the nation during the coronavirus pandemic.

In an open letter written yesterday to “everyone working in the UK’s retail sector”, Alok Sharma said goods supplied by online retailers “make a real difference to our ability to get through this national crisis together”, serve as a “vital lifeline” for those self-isolating and are helping people adhere to the government’s social distancing measures.

Alongside food and medicine, Sharma highlighted “items ordered online to support home working, education or entertainment”; electronics and technology, which “ensure people can remain connected virtually to friends and family”; and hardware suppliers.

Sharma also said retail employees that need to travel to work should continue to do so in line with the chief medical officer’s advice.

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