26 May 2020, 09:44 AM
  • Retail establishments not deemed ‘essential’ throughout the UK’s Coronavirus lockdown will be allowed to reopen 15th June
High streets on course to reopen 15th June

The news came within Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s latest briefing, within which he stated that the update is “contingent on progress in the fight against coronavirus.”

Reopening retailers will need to adhere to official guidelines to ensure the safety of customers and staff.

Andrew Goodacre, CEO of the British Independent Retailers Association (BIRA) expressed disappointment that the move isn’t made sooner, as a number of retailers are ready to welcome customers now.

“Independent retailers have een preparing to re-open since the idea of opening as of June 1 was first mentioned. Many retailers have measures in place that will keep both employees and customers safe.

“It is therefore a little disappointing for the smaller retailers not to be able to open until June 15, especially as they can make it safe to do so.

“We really hope that this extended closure period will be used to good effect by local authorities to ensure that the high streets and public spaces can be adjusted to allow for social distancing whilst shopping with the prospect of multiple queues.”

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