As part of phase two of the government’s plan to get the UK back to normality, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said non-essential shops would begin to open.

The UK has been in lockdown since March 23 due to the coronavirus pandemic, meaning Brits were told to stay home to save lives.

On Sunday, May 24, Johnson announced he believed the country was ready to move to phase two of lockdown, which involves the reopening of schools.

Yesterday, Monday, May 25, Johnson announced that all non-essential retailers will be able to reopen in England from June 15.

The changes below apply only to England, with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland set to announce their own plans to exit lockdown.

June 1

High street
Some high street stores can start to open

• Outdoor markets

• Car showrooms

June 15

• Shoe shops and clothing stores

• Bookshops

• Electronics stores

• Toy shops

• Furniture shops

• Tailors

• Auction houses

• Photography studios

• Betting shops

Book shop
Book shops can open from June 15

• Antique stores

• Gift shops and retails spaces in theatres, museums, libraries and tourism sites

• Charity shops

• Craft fairs

• Mobile phone stores

• Indoor markets

Which businesses remain shut?

Cinema
Cinemas must remain shut for now

All hospitality venues, including pubs, clubs, cafés, cinemas, restaurants and theatres.

The exception is food delivery and takeaway services, which can remain operational.

Hairdressers, barbers, beauty and nail salons must also remain shut.

For a list of businesses that are already open, and which aren’t, see here.

What are the new guidelines?

The government has set out new guidelines for businesses that can open in June, including keeping people two metres apart from those they don’t live with.

This can mean limiting the number of customers allowed into a shop, encouraging hand sanitiser or hand washing, and encouraging customers to avoid handling products when browsing.

Shops have also been told to consider putting a poster demonstrating the guidance and safety measures in their windows.

They have also been advised to store items that have been returned for 72 hours before putting them back out.

Frequent cleaning will also be necessary for reopening, including self-checkouts, trolleys and coffee machines.

Employers will face “spot checks” to make sure they are complying with the regulations.