Last night, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that from June 15, non-essential retailers will be allowed to open their doors to shoppers once again.
Clothing retailers, car dealerships, charity shops and mobile phone stores will all be able to open up for shoppers to physically visit them, provided strict guidelines are met.
However, not all shops and retailers will not be allowed to open in June.
The full list of shops, retailers and places that can’t reopen yet include:
- Restaurants, bars and pubs
- Cafes and canteens
- Hairdressers, barbers, beauty and nail salons
- Piercing and tattoo parlours
- Holiday accommodation including hotels, hostels, B&Bs, holiday rentals, campsites and boarding houses
- Caravan parks/sites for commercial uses
- Community centres
- Places of worship
- Museums and galleries
- Cinemas, theatres and concert halls
- Bingo halls, casinos and betting shops
- Spas and massage parlours
- Skating rinks
- Indoor fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres
- Indoor arcades, bowling alleys, soft play centres and similar facilities
- Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and outdoor swimming pools
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
Speaking about the decision to reopen some retailers next month, he Prime Minister said: “We will set out our formal assessment of the five tests that we set for adjusting the lockdown later this week as part of the three-weekly review we are legally required to undertake by Thursday.
“But because of the progress we are making I can, with confidence, put the British people on notice of the changes we intend to introduce as we move to step two.”
Mr Johnson urged people to go to the shops to help the economy bounce back.
He said: “I’m certainly not going to discourage them from spending at all.
“I think that it’s early days but we are very much hoping there will be a bounce back over the next few months.”
Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, said: “We welcome the announcement of the Government’s road map for reopening a broader range of shops next month, which provides much needed clarity on the route ahead.
“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.”