“Behave responsibly” as non-essential retail reopens in England, PM says

covid-19 pandemic lockdown reopening
Step two of the government's four-stage reopening plan will see all non-essential retail reopen
// Non-essential retailers can reopen today in England and Wales
// Stores have been closed for months due to lockdown
// Boris Johnson has urged the public to “behave responsibly”

Non-essential retailers in England and Wales will reopen today after months of closure, as the nations enter the second phase of easing lockdown.

Step two of the government’s four-stage reopening plan will see all non-essential retail as well as hairdressers and nail salons, open today, April 12.

Boris Johnson has urged the public to “behave responsibly” as pub gardens reopen and restaurants reopen in England.


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Zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas will also reopen, as will public libraries and community centres.

On May 17, pubs, restaurants and hotels will reopen indoors in line with the “rule of six” policy.

The limit of six people at a time will no longer apply to outdoor meetings, although meetings of 30 people or more will remain illegal.

Step four – on June 21 – will see all legal limits on social contact removed, including weddings and nightclubs.

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