Non-essential retailers to reopen from June 15, government says

Government covid-19 lockdown reopening
The openings would be “contingent on progress in the fight against coronavirus”
// Boris Johnson say non-essential retailers can reopen in England from June 15
// The stores will have to lay out social distancing measures as part of reopening

Non-essential retailers will be able to reopen stores in England from June 15 as long as social distancing measures are implemented, the government announced.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday that open air markets and car showrooms would be allowed to open from June 1, and that all other non-essential retailers could open from June 15.

The openings would be “contingent on progress in the fight against coronavirus” and retailers would have to adhere to the new rules.


The PM added that new guidance has been published for the retail sector “detailing the measures they should take to meet the necessary social distancing and hygiene standards”.

“Shops now have the time to implement this guidance before they reopen,” he said.

BRC chief executive Helen Dickinson said the announcement has given retailers “much needed clarity”.

“We welcome the announcement of the government’s roadmap for reopening a broader range of shops next month, which provides much needed clarity on the route ahead,” she said.

“Safety is the fundamental concern for all retailers and they have been working hard to implement the necessary measures to operate safely over the past weeks.

“Now that we know which shops can open and when, retailers can begin communicating their plans with their workforces and customers.

“The industry stands ready to play its part in getting the economy moving again.”

High streets minister Simon Clarke introduced a £50 million fund over the weekend for local councils to support their high streets.

The Reopening High Streets Safely Fund will ”help councils in England introduce a range of safety measures in a move to kick-start local economies, get people back to work and customers back to the shops”.

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  1. Good. Extremely easy to put social distancing in place in outlets such as these. From my experience of showrooms such as DFS there are rarely more than a dozen customers at any one time. Good to see proactivity in place.

  2. Can`t see the point why we have to wait till 15 June. Apart of small independent retailers almost everything open, we had enough time to be prepared and create COVID safe retail environment… As “non-essential” retail why we are bigger risk than a hardware, bakery,estate agent or car show room?


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