What is the average cost of fitting out my shop for coronavirus?

Based on prices from online workplace supply stores, Small Business found that it costs £615 to fit out a shop to meet COVID-19 guidelines

UPDATED: As lockdown eases, it could cost SMEs hundreds of pounds to fit out their shops so that they are compliant with social distancing guidelines.

The Prime Minister previously announced that non-essential shops can reopen from today (15 June), provided that they have COVID-19 secure measures in place. Seven in ten independent shops will be reopening from today, according to a survey from American Express. The majority (89 per cent) of respondents said they felt confident that they could make the adjustments to make customers feel safe.

For those who don’t, there are loads of resources to turn to.

The BEIS have laid out rules for businesses on how to fit out their shop and operate post-lockdown. Some of the guidelines focus on safety measures to take for your staff and your customers. These include keeping a two-metre distance, only having a certain number of customers in-store at any one time and encouraging staff to wash their hands regularly.

>See also: How to do a coronavirus risk assessment on your small business premises

We’ve tallied up the costs of some of the essential items you’ll need to restart your shop-based business.

COVID-19 safety equipment for shops

The items we searched come from workplace supply shops such as Viking, Staples and Nisbets. Please note that all of the prices below exclude VAT.


Total: £52.48  


Total: £301.96


Total: £260.11

Grand total: £614.55

Ways to bring down the price

If you’d prefer not to fork over as much cash, you can make savings by taking a more DIY approach. Try using the tools below to create your own social distancing signage and markings.

You can also get guidance and money off goods if you become a member of the British Independent Retail Association (Bira).

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Anna Jordan

Anna is Senior Reporter, covering topics affecting SMEs such as grant funding, managing employees and the day-to-day running of a business.

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