Stores to begin re-opening from next week

On Monday, the Prime Minister outlined the next steps of the Government’s plan to safely reopen our schools and our economy.

  • Thanks to this country’s collective efforts, the number of new Coronavirus cases is down, and evidence suggests the infection rate is falling. This progress means that we can make further steps toward rebuilding our country.
     
  • From 1 June, the Government intends a cautious, phased reopening of nursery and primary schools starting with reception, Year 1 and Year 6, and then, from 15 June, ensuring secondary pupils with exams next year get some time with their teachers before their summer holidays.
     
  • The Government’s intention is also to allow outdoor markets (like our town centre one) and car show rooms to reopen from 1 June, as the risk of transmission of the virus is lower in these outdoor and more open spaces.
     
  • All other non-essential retail such as clothing, furniture, homeware, make up and toy stores will be expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the Covid-19 secure guidelines, giving them three weeks to prepare.
     
  • Announcing these intentions gives schools, teachers, parents and retailers the clarity they need to prepare, so we can begin to reopen our economy and our society in the safest possible way.

We are still working with specialist task forces to build a plan for pubs, restaurants, cafes, clubs, music venues, gyms, salons, leisure centres and other entertainment spaces to re-open, will let you know once this has been finalised.