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All non-essential retail shops can reopen in England from 15 June

All non-essential retail shops can reopen in England from 15 June

Author: Wardah Sempa | Monday 25th May 2020

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High street shops have been given the green light to start reopening from next week (15th June) by Boris Johnson as he tries to ease lockdown. Boris Johnson said outdoor markets and showrooms will be able to start trading again in England from 1 June - so long as they keep customers safe.

Plans for all other non-essential retailers - including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets - can follow suit two weeks later.

He also urged people to go to the shops to help the economy bounce back, saying: “I’m certainly not going to discourage them from spending at all.

Employers will face "spot checks" to make sure they are implementing social distancing and been told to complete a risk assessment after consultation with trade unions and workers.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the measures at the Downing Street news conference on Monday.