Customers are being asked to shop safely as high streets in Enfield and Haringey get back to business.

Shoppers have been urged to stay two metres apart, pay using contactless cards and only touch goods they intend to buy to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

High street retailers opened their doors on Monday (June 15) with extra safety measures in place to protect customers.

Shopkeepers have been given guidance on introducing screens, one-way systems and other safeguards – many of which are already in place at retailers that were previously allowed to stay open.

Enfield Council has introduced measures to make further space for pedestrians who will need to keep their distance from other people. Signs will be going up across town centres and along high streets to remind people how to enjoy the area safely.

Council leader Cllr Nesil Caliskan (Labour, Jubilee) thanked firms that had helped residents during the crisis and welcomed other shops back to business.

Cllr Caliskan said: “Our aim is to make business owners, their staff and customers feel confident to return to our town centres while being mindful of public health and safety precautions.

“We know many people still feel nervous about venturing out but with appropriate measures in place, we can support our local economy safely and confidently.”

In Haringey, the council set up a queue system in Wood Green, while a traffic-light system in place at The Mall has been designed to keep footfall to a manageable level.

The council said early indications suggest the reopening of shops has gone “relatively well so far”, with customers and businesses acting responsibly – although queues have formed outside popular high-street retailers.

Cllr Gideon Bull (Labour, White Hart Lane), cabinet member for local investment and economic growth, said it was “fantastic” to see shops reopening.

Cllr Bull added: “I am calling on shoppers to support our amazing local businesses, but to do it safely, by following on-site instructions and staying at least 2m apart.

“Wherever possible, please make contactless payments using your credit or debit card and only touch or pick up items you intend to purchase. Taking these steps will help us keep our shops open by preventing the spread of the coronavirus.”

Further information for businesses and residents is available on the councils’ websites.