THE government has revealed the full list of retailers that can reopen on June 15.
Fashion stores, betting shops and charity stores are among those allowed to welcome back customers in less than three weeks.
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Although, the date could change if reductions in coronavirus infections fail to meet expectations.
Gift shops in museums, retail spaces in theatres, libraries, heritage sites and tourism sites will also be allowed to open.
The shopping experience will be very different though, with customers having to follow a series of rules.
For example, Michael Gove today said shoppers would need to “exercise restraint” by not trying on clothing and testing goods before buying them.
The full list that can be open from June 15, although some are already allowed to be open, includes:
- Food retailers
- Hardware/homeware stores
- Fashion shops
- Charity shops
- Betting shops and arcades
- Tailors, dress fitters and fashion designers
- Car dealerships
- Auction houses
- Antique stores
- Retail art galleries
- Photography studios
- Gift shops and retail spaces in theatres, museums, libraries, heritage sites and tourism sites
- Mobile phone stores
- Indoor and outdoor markets
- Craft fairs
- Similar types of retail
The guidance also applies to those currently open, including banks, post offices and other money businesses, it added.
On March 23, the government ordered all non-essential shops to close due to coronavirus.
Meanwhile, supermarkets and grocery stores, pharmacies, banks, hardware stores, petrol stations, vets and pet stores, food markets and bike shops were allowed to remain open.
Off-licences and other licensed shops selling alcohol, including those in breweries, have also remained open.
Restaurants, pubs and cafes were all forced to shut their doors as part of the lockdown, but remained able to do takeaway and deliveries.
And on May 10 in his address to the nation, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said that he hoped to begin a phased reopening of shops by June 1 at the earliest.
Some of the hospitality industry could reopen from July 1, he added.
More recently, garden centres were also given the go-ahead to reopen on May 13.
Before reopening, bosses must consider who is essential to be at work and plan for the minimum number of people needed on site.
Clinically vulnerable workers can return to work, but they “should be offered the option of the safest available on-site roles, enabling them to stay 2m away from others”, if working from home isn’t possible.
But the government has so far declined to bring forward any legislation to legally protect workers beyond the current health and safety laws.
Unions have been calling for changes to protect staff, but the PM has said businesses should use “common sense”.
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