Shoppers in Northern Ireland have been warned the retail experience they've been used to is gone forever.
New in-store measures for the post-lockdown era will mirror those rolled out elsewhere in the UK next month to include checkouts behind screens, toilets and changing rooms closed, a limit on the number of customers allowed inside the store at any time, one-way systems and no available seating.
Aodhan Connolly, boss of the Northern Ireland Retail Consortium (NIRC), also told the Belfast Telegraph that his organisation will be telling people to shop alone wherever possible - a radical departure for those who enjoy browsing in multiple stores with friends.
Local retail expert Dr Karise Hutchinson, meanwhile, said the problems now faced by the high street make Brexit and the Belfast city centre Primark fire "pale into insignificance".
And Glyn Roberts, chief executive of Retail NI, admitted that traders here will have to reinvent themselves, adding that one of the biggest challenges will be to give consumers the confidence to revisit the high street.
"Retail has changed forever - but so too has the economy and society," said Mr Roberts.
"Going forward, it's going to be a very different shopping experience than what we've been used to prior to the Covid-19 pandemic.
"But a major area of focus must be on persuading people to come back to the shops."
Thousands of shops, department stores and shopping centres across the UK can open from June 15, as the government continues to ease coronavirus restrictions.
Mr Roberts said he expected the Northern Ireland Executive to follow the same timetable as that set out in Downing Street.
But things will look very different in the revamped stores, with checkouts behind perspex screens, toilets and both changing rooms and in-store cafes remaining closed.
There will also be markings outside the premises to assist with socially-distanced queuing - which people here are already used to - as well as a limit imposed on the number of customers allowed inside at any one time.
Mr Connolly said such measures would play their part in promoting health and safety.
"NIRC will be following Executive advice and that of the health minister," he said.
"Above all, we'll be asking people to use common sense. The safety of staff and customers remains paramount."
He added: "We're also asking for people to shop alone where possible. The more people who are together, the more difficult it will be to social distance."
Dr Hutchinson, provost and professor at Ulster University and an expert in Northern Ireland retail, said hand sanitisation and face masks would feature prominently during future shopping trips.
"People will also need to get used to waiting," she said.
"And there will be no sitting around having chats for an hour, because we need to avoid having people in confined spaces for protracted periods of time."
It's not all bad news; retailers both here and across the Irish Sea are said to be gearing up for the so-called 'sale of the century' with some £15bn worth of stock available after clothing stores shut their doors just days after filling their rails with spring and summer fashion. Next and M&S are among the retailers expected to promote huge discounts, but Dr Hutchinson said she doesn't believe there will be a great rush back to the shops.
"In my opinion, a lot of people are likely to think twice about going to town," she said.
"They'll ask themselves if it's an essential visit because they've been programmed for 10 weeks to avoid anything but essential travel, and that will have led to a much more morally-conscious, cautious consumer.
"We've also seen people shopping in their immediate locale a bit more during the lockdown, and I think people will be concerned about going into big shopping centres, or to places they have to reach through public transport."
Professor Hutchinson said she believes the future of the high street as we know it has changed forever but added: "There's no crystal ball - we'll need 12 months to see how things pan out.
"People will, however, be a lot more conscious of their behaviour and I think the social aspect of meeting your mum or a friend for a shopping excursion will be a thing of the past."
She also said there exists an opportunity for independent retailers to attract customers.
"Retailers will have to massively re-imagine their businesses if they want to come out the other side of this," she added.
"We had the Primark fire and then Brexit, which some people thought was the end of the world.
"Those two things have paled into insignificance now, compared to this."
Meanwhile Mr Roberts said retailers who are used to embracing change, like small independent traders, "will be the ones that succeed and thrive in this new and challenging landscape".
Going forward, many outlets will be expected to provide cleaning stations at the front of store including hand sanitiser, disinfectant wipes for basket handles and the regular cleaning of key touch points such as handrails.
Other safety measures include storing returned items for 72 hours before putting them back on the shop floor, and placing protective coverings on large items touched by the public, such as beds or sofas.
The Northern Ireland Executive has not yet outlined a timetable for businesses to reopen.
Yesterday, agriculture minister Edwin Poots said he hoped the Executive "can give those in retail and across the economy the certainty they need very soon," but he added that any further easing must be done cautiously.