Clothing stores, mobile phone shops, zoos, safari parks and drive-in cinemas are all expected to reopen in England from June 15, so long as they have correct social distancing measures in place, Downing Street has announced.
All non-essential retail shops will be able to reopen from next Monday, provided they follow Government guidelines ensuring they are “Covid-secure”.
Department stores, clothes shops, zoos, safari parks and drive-in cinemas can reopen in England from June 15 but many more businesses will remain shuttered following the coronavirus lockdown
A raft of shops and businesses will remain closed until July – despite the Government announcing the easing of coronavirus lockdown restrictions.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson is set to update the nation on the easing of the restrictions on Wednesday as he looks to kickstart the economy.
A spokesman said: “People are continuing to make huge sacrifices to reduce the spread of coronavirus and avoid a second spike, but we know it is tough and where we can safely open up more attractions, and it is supported by the science, we will do so.”
Business Secretary Alok Sharma said pubs, bars, restaurants and hairdressers will not be able to reopen until July 4 “at the earliest”.
This is because of concerns many smaller firms, such as food outlets, barber shops and salons, won’t be able to implement social distancing safely.
Yet restaurants, pubs, hairdressers, libraries, churches, cinemas and galleries are set to remain shuttered until July, as struggling businesses continue to weather the financial burden of coronavirus crisis.
The Government said these businesses remain closed because the risk of transmission in these environments is higher due to there generally being long periods of person-to-person contact.
Shops are expected to have carried out a risk assessment, overseen by local authority staff and the Health and Safety Executive.
However the relaunch remains conditional on whether firms abide by of a list of safety guidelines aimed at curbing a second wave of infections, including keeping all fitting rooms closed and banning large groups of people.
Big name high street brands such as John Lewis, Debenhams, Topshop and H&M are among those which will return next week following the reopening of homeware outlets B&Q and Dunelm on June 1.
As well as informing all employees about the assessment’s findings, companies with more than 50 employees will be expected to publish the results on their website.
Shops will also need to develop hygiene procedures, increasing the frequency of hand-washing and surface cleaning.
Boris Johnson said this week: “Shops now have the time to implement this guidance before they reopen,” he said.
“This will ensure there can be no doubt about what steps they should take.”