The British high street re-opens today – which shops are opening their doors and what are the new COVID-19 guidelines?

June 15th 2020

Boris Johnson has confirmed that all shops will be allowed to reopen on June 15 as part of the Government’s three-stage plan to ease lockdown measures.

The Prime Minister previously stressed that was ‘contingent on progress in the fight against coronavirus“, and that it will be possible as the Government has continued to meet the “five tests” that were set out for easing lockdown.

“This has been the most challenging periods for high streets and shops in our history,” Mr Johnson said. “Never before have all shops been ordered to shut in this way.

“I am so pleased we can now allow all shops to reopen from Monday.”

He added that it is “vital” that retail establishments “ensure they are meeting Covid-secure guidelines” – including implementing relevant hygiene and social distancing measures – in order to protect customers and staff.

Hairdressers, nail bars and beauty salons, pubs, clubs and restaurants will, however, remain closed until at least July, because the Government says the risk of transmission is higher because of greater person-to-person contact over longer periods.

Shops that are opening the doors of some of their branches today include John Lewis, Debenhams, Frasers Group, Marks & Spencer, Currys, IKEA, Halfords, Greggs, Waterstones, and Boots beauty counters.

From The Telegraph

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