26 May Guidance for the Reopening of Retail
High street shops, department stores and shopping centres are set to reopen in June.
From the 1st June, outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen as soon as they are able to meet the Covid-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers.
From the 15th June, all other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios and indoor markets will be expected to be able to re open as long as they are able to meet the secure guidelines.
Hairdressers, nail bars and beauty salons, and the hospitality sector remain closed. This is because the risk of transmission between these environments is higher where long periods of person to person contact is required.
Businesses will only be able to open from these dates once they have completed a risk assessment, in consultation with trade union representatives or workers, and are confident they are managing the risks. Spot checks may also be carried out by local authorities upon opening and will follow up on concerns raised by members of the public.
The 5 steps businesses will be required to take before opening are:
1. Carry out a Covid-19 risk assessment
2. Develop cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures
3. Help people work from home
4. Maintain 2m social distancing, where possible
5. Where people cannot be 2m apart, manage transmission risk
For further information on following the new guidelines for working safely, please visit: