UKVIA calls for vape retail stores to respect government guidance on closure during the coronavirus lockdown

By April 3, 2020UKVIA News

The UK Vaping Industry Association (UKVIA), the UK’s largest trade body representing the vaping sector, is urging vape stores to adhere to Government guidance to remain closed during the current lockdown.

The call comes after reports in a national newspaper that a vape shop owner had been arrested by police after keeping their retail outlet open despite the government directive.

John Dunne, Director of the UKVIA, said: “We understand that we are talking about people’s livelihoods here, but it is paramount that the industry follows the government guidance. We have to wait until we get the green light to reopen.

He added: “In the meantime, vape retailers are offering online and home delivery services. In addition, whilst supermarkets and corner shops, which the government has allowed to stay open, don’t have the range of vape products sold by specialist offline and online stores, consumers can still buy vape devices and e-liquids from these outlets.”

The UKVIA has also published a list of its members’ who offer online and home delivery services.