Mr Johnson has insisted he has a plan to “get our country back on its feet” amid warnings the UK is on course to suffer the biggest economic hit of any developed country from the coronavirus.
As well as the reopening of non essential shops on June 15, the prime minister is set to confirm a list of other measures at today’s daily press briefing.
Next week non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen for the first time for almost three months in England as the UK looks to enter Phase Two of lockdown
This includes asking all primary schools in England to bring back years 2, 3, 4 and 5 by July. Now it is likely many children won’t be back until September at the earliest, The Mirror report.
Boris Johnson is set to confirm a raft of new lockdown easing measures later today ahead of the changes coming into force next week.
Boris Johnson was urged to open pub beer gardens by one of his own MPs, but said today the government was “sticking to our plan” to open outdoor hospitality no earlier than July 4.
He also faces growing pressure from the pub and restaurant industry to switch to one metre social distancing rules to save the ailing pub industry by allowing pubs and bars to open sooner.
After meeting with the Tory Cabinet yesterday it is now expected the PM will revise plans to get the UK back to normal.
There will also be continued disappointment for some sectors as hairdressers, libraries, cinemas and galleries are set to remain shuttered until July.
However most shops will need strict social distancing measures to reopen, much like those we’ve already seen in supermarkets and other essential stores.
Non-essential shops will be allowed to reopen for the first time for almost three months in England.
Safari parks and drive-in cinemas can also reopen in England from June 15, Johnson will announce.
Types of shop allowed to reopen include clothes shops, charity shops, betting shops, mobile phone shops and retail art galleries.
Brands vowing to reopen bang on time from June 15 include Primark, GAME, Debenhams, O2, EE and BT, H&M, Lush, GAME, H Samuel and Argos.
They can reopen next week as long as they can uphold social distancing rules.
Zoos will be told that they must not reopen indoor exhibitions, such as reptile houses, and must ensure amenities including cafes are take-away only.