Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled his roadmap to lifting lockdown in England this week, setting out key dates that a range of businesses can reopen.

Under current restrictions, all non-essential shops have shut, however those deemed 'essential retailers' have been able to keep operating, such as supermarkets.

As he set out the roadmap, Mr Johnson announced the earliest date non-essential shops are allowed to reopen their doors.

From April 12, shops which have not been able to operate since January will finally be open for browsing and in-store purchases.

The new rules have left some people confused about what is open and when.

Here's the latest opening dates for shops like Argos, IKEA, The Range, Homebase and B&Q.

IKEA

IKEA will be reopening its doors to shoppers on April 12, reports the MEN.

However, the retailer is currently operating a click and collect service.

A statement on the website reads: "We’re happy to tell you that we’re open online for contact-free home deliveries, as well as click and collect from all our stores except in Belfast, with thorough safety measures in place for both services."

Argos

Argos will be reopening its doors to shoppers on April 12. It is currently open for collection of items which have been pre-paid for online.

A message on the Argos website reads: "Following guidelines, we have made changes across our stores for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Please read below for the latest updates for stores in your area, returning items and our Click & Collect service. These guidelines have replaced our usual services, and will be in place until advised otherwise.

"To avoid any non-essential journeys, we’ve extended our returns policy – any purchases made from 18 October 2020 can be returned up to 30 days from the re-opening of non-essential retail in your area, in-line with our returns guarantee."

The Range

The Range is currently open as normal.

A statement on the website reads: "As we stock thousands of essential everyday products across 184 stores, we received confirmation from Trading Standards that we could remain open during the first lockdown. We can confirm that, just like the first time, all our stores will remain open during the current lockdown and continue to trade our full offer in a safe and responsible way.

"We’ve continued to work hard at providing safe access to all these necessities under one roof. For our Republic of Ireland and Wales customers we’ve also launched a Reserve & Collect system.

"Our store teams are taking all the necessary actions needed to help ensure the safety of our customers and colleagues during this time, including enhanced cleaning routines, wearing PPE, and social distancing. For the safety of other shoppers and staff, we ask that you keep a distance of at least 2m (6ft) apart and wear a face covering at all times while shopping with us. We also request that, where possible, you pay by contactless card to reduce the risk of contamination."

B&Q

Shoppers queue at a recently re-opened B&Q hardware store

B&Q is an essential retailer and is therefore open to shoppers as normal.

The website says: "As an essential retailer, we want to reassure you that our stores remain open and customer and colleague safety is our priority.

"Whether shopping in store or online, we urge you to follow the Government’s social distancing guidelines and to shop responsibly only for what is necessary. Please remember you can always shop online at diy.com and place orders for Click + Collect as well as home delivery. You can also book an online kitchen, bathroom and bedroom planning appointment at diy.com.

"For customer and colleague safety, we have a number of social distancing measures at our stores. All stores have a designated queuing area outside (when required) and these have markers every two metres to help remind everyone to respect each other’s personal space. There are also two metre floor markers throughout stores as well as customer notices and marshalls to help you navigate around our stores safely. At the checkout we continue to have perspex screens and ask that payments are made by card or contactless.

"Where local restrictions apply, some areas of our stores will not be available to shop or to browse."

Home Bargains

Home Bargains is an essential retailer, and has continued to operate as normal throughout the pandemic.

B&M

Home Bargains is an essential retailer, and has continued to operate as normal throughout the pandemic.

Homebase

Homebase says: "As an essential retailer, all our stores are open across the UK and Ireland and continue to adhere to all safety precautions to ensure everyone shopping and working for us is as safe as possible.

"Click & Collect is available across a range of products, offering a collection service from store within now available within one hour."