Shops In England Can Open Next Month If Guidelines Met, PM Announces


The Prime Minister announced his plans to the nation.

Setting out the actions, Mr Johnson stated: "It is our objective to permit exterior markets to reopen from 1 June, topic to all facilities being made Covid- safe, along with vehicle display rooms, which frequently have considerable exterior area as well as where it is usually much easier to use social distancing".

Reception (first year of primary school in the UK), Year One and Year Six will be the first to return, Johnson said during the daily coronavirus press conference at Downing Street on Sunday, the Metro newspaper reported.

If conditions for the "five key tests" of the government are preserved at the beginning of June, the government will further ease lockdown restrictions enabling all non-essential English retail shops to reopen from June 15.

The 15th of June is set to see thousands of shops be allowed to officially reopen to the public across England as long as they are COVID-19 secure, confirmed prime minister Boris Johnson on the 25th May. Vehicle showrooms often have significant outdoor space and it is generally easier to apply social distancing.

"Today we are publishing new guidance for the retail sector, detailing the measures they should take to meet the necessary social distancing and hygiene standards".

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All non-essential shops have been given the go ahead to reopen as of next month.

Johnson is keen to restart an economy which has been all but shut down since Britain entered a lockdown to try to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus, but also fears a second peak of infection if measures are eased too quickly. "This will ensure there can be no doubt about what steps they should take".

"While the vast majority of businesses will want to do everything possible to protect their staff and customers, I should add that we will, of course, have the powers we need to enforce compliance where that is required", stated Boris Johnson during his address to the public.

"I want people to be confident that they can shop safely provided they follow social distancing rules".

Shops such as supermarkets and pharmacies have remained open trading throughout the pandemic.

Under the new measures, businesses will only be able to open again once they have completed risk assessments, in consultation with trade union representatives and ensure they are operating within current legislation.