IT will be 'business as usual' in less than three weeks' time for many as non-essential retail will be allowed to reopen to the public.
From next week a number of non-essential retail businesses will reopen as part of the staggered process to exit the coronavirus lockdown.
The Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night revealed that all retailers, ordered to close on March 23, would be allowed to resume trading.
From June 1, all outdoor markets and car showrooms will be allowed to reopen to shoppers, but as long as they are able to meet social distancing guidelines.
From June 15, all other 'non-essential retail,' which includes clothing and electrical stores will be able to reopen.
The Government said the three week time period for the majority of retailers to reopen would give them time to 'prepare' Covid-19 secure guidelines.
The shops that the Government said can reopen from June 15:
- Auction Houses
- Photography Studios
- Indoor Markets
- Charity Shops
Does this include hairdressers and beauty salons?
The PM's announcement did not include the hospitality sector and Government guidance confirms that the following businesses must remain closed:
- Nail bars
- Beauty salons
- The hospitality sector including: hotels, hostels, B&Bs, caravan parks, holiday rentals, campsites and boarding houses - cafes and restaurants
What is the guidance for businesses?
The Government says 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.
The measures that businesses will be told to consider are:
- Placing a poster in windows to demonstrate awareness of the guidance and commitment to safety measures
- Storing returned items for 72 hours before putting them back out on the shop floor
- Placing protective coverings on large items touched by the public such as beds or sofas
- Frequent cleaning of objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, including self-checkouts, trolleys, coffee machines and betting terminals.