Good News Everybody!
In line with government guidelines, JustPlay will be reopening on Monday 15th June and we wanted to give you some information on what you can expect.
JustPlay will be open for shopping
The JustPlay store will be open for shopping as "usual", between 12pm-6pm Mon-Fri, and 11am-5pm Saturday. These hours may be subject to some change, but this is what we're expecting.
We will of course be implementing safety measures in store, some of which we'd already implemented before the lockdown. These will be clearly displayed on a new website page (coming soon) and on posters in the shop, but will include:
- Increased cleaning schedule with staff cleaning and wiping down contact surfaces regularly
- Hand sanitiser dispensers for staff and customers at the entrance and around the store
- Social distancing for all customers and staff, with visual aids to assist you in maintaining distance
- Limit on the number of people in the store at any one time (pending government guidance)
- Facemasks will be mandatory, for the protection of staff and other customers
We will also be adhering strictly to any updated healthcare guidelines as they are published.
For local customers, we also have a new and improved store pickup ordering feature on our website. Unlike the old method, this new feature will send you an email or text when your order is ready to pick up, and give you clearer notifications as to what's going on with your order, enabling you to order online in advance and limit the time you need to spend in store should you so choose.
JustPlay will still be closed for gaming
Government guidelines still prohibit the opening of cafes, bars, restaurants, and similar leisure venues. We know that "games store" and "gaming cafe" falls into a grey area in these descriptions and it is certainly possible to "rules lawyer" what's written in the guidelines, but we believe it is important for safety that recreational venues remain closed. As such we will be opening purely as a retail store for the time being. The government's reopening plan says "4th July or later" for leisure-type businesses to reopen, and we'll be watching this for further developments.
New store layout
Given the above, we've decided to have a major overhaul of the layout of the store. We'll be expanding the shopping area so that social distancing can be maintained more effectively whilst browsing, and to help us with having the space to implement safe queuing. We'll post some pics as soon as we have them.
We're also going to be stocking a hugely expanded selection of hobby products - more info on this soon!
We're looking forward to getting a little bit of normalcy back, but it is important for everyone's health and safety that we do it properly and carefully. It's important for us to protect our staff and our customers, and these measures will help us do that. Undoubtedly things will continue to change rapidly as they have done in the past few months, so please do keep an eye on our blog for any updated information!
Ian, Ritchie and Team JustPlay