PRIME Minister Boris Johnson today confirmed that non-essential shops will reopen from Monday.
Mr Johnson confirmed that the five measures to ease the coronavirus lockdown had been met during the coronavirus press briefing this evening.
Clothes, toy and betting shops in England can open again from Monday, as the Business Secretary Alok Sharma confirmed yesterday.
Mr Johnson said: “This has been the most challenging period for shops and high streets in our history.
“Never before have all shops been ordered to shut in this way. It’s now been 82 days since we asked shops to close their doors. And I know the toll this has taken.
“Shops need to adhere to Covid-secure guidelines before they reopen.”
He also announced that outdoor attractions such as zoo’s, drive-in cinemas and safari parks.
While places of worship will be allowed to open for individual prayer.
Mr Johnson revealed new rules to help single people to form “support bubbles”, meaning couples who live apart and alone can meet up inside again.
Here’s a list of some the key retailers that will be allowed to reopen from June 15:
See the box below for a list of the major retailers that have already confirmed they’ll reopen from June 15.
Shoppers and retailers will have to change their practises if stores are to stay open without the risk of spreading the virus.
Shops must fulfil a set of regulations before opening their doors to members of the public.
These measures include strict social distancing, which may mean fewer customers will be able to visit the shops in one go, as well as one-way systems throughout stores.
Hand sanitiser stations for staff and customers will need to be installed, and returned items will need to be quarantined for 72 hours.
Staggering times for click and collect orders will need to be adopted and retailers will also need to frequently clean objects and surfaces that are touched regularly.
These include surfaces such as self-checkouts, trolleys, coffee machines and betting terminals.
Cabinet minister Michael Gove said shoppers would need to “exercise restraint” by not trying on clothing and testing goods before buying them.
This means no fitting rooms while larger items, such as sofas and beds, should be covered in protective material.
Other rules could also see a rotation of stock that is frequently touched.
Coral let The Sun into one of its betting shops to see what branches will look like when it opens its doors next week – and it’s erected sneeze screens.
While JD Sports has given staff anti-bac sprays to help keep shoes germ free.
Shops will face punishments if they’re found to be flouting the rules.