UK Retail Looking At Staged Reopening June 15

Cheryl Sanders
May 26, 2020

Hosting the United Kingdom government's COVID-19 update yesterday evening, PM Boris Johnson announced the government's provisional plans to re-open all non-essential retail businesses on 15 June.

Johnson is keen to restart an economy which has been all but shut down since Britain entered a lockdown to try to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, but also fears a second peak of infection if measures are eased too quickly.

The prime minister said outdoor markets and showrooms will be able to start trading again in England from June 1 - so long as they keep customers safe.

"Then from June 15, we intend to allow all other non-essential retail, ranging from department stores to small independent shops to reopen".

Announcing the measures at the daily No 10 briefing last night, Mr Johnson said: "These are careful but deliberate steps on the road to rebuilding our country and we can only take these steps thanks to what we have so far achieved together".

The food retail sector has already responded fantasticallywell allowing supermarkets to be kept open in a safe way and we shall learn lessons from that experience as we allow other retail to open.

The Prime Minister said, however, that this step will depend on how the fight progresses against COVID-19.

Ahead of opening up shop, retailers will have to meet the Government's five tests to ensure they are Covid-19 secure.

The market advice of the Government reads: "Shops and branches include all retail stores, including - food retailers, chemists, hardware/homeware stores, fashion shops, charity shops, betting shops and arcades, tailors, dress fitters and fashion designers, vehicle dealerships, auction houses, antique stores, retail art galleries, and similar types of retail".

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

The PM said businesses will only be able to open from these dates once they have completed a risk assessment, in consultation with trade union representatives or workers, and are confident they are managing the risks.

Previously, as part of the government's first stage of easing quarantine measures, Johnson urged those who are unable to work from home to begin returning to their jobs, as the country seeks to reopen the economy.

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