UK shops to open by 15 June, says Boris Johnson

26th May 2020

The Prime Minister urged Britons to spend in a bid to revive the economy.

Speaking at the daily Downing Street coronavirus briefing yesterday, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that outdoor markets and car showrooms across the UK will be able to reopen from 1st June, with all other non-essential retail outlets including high street shops, department stores and shopping centres, expected to follow suit from 15th June, if the British government can control the spread of the virus. 

The Prime Minister urged Britons to spend in a bid to revive the economy, drawing criticism as he risked triggering a ‘rush’, which could put social distancing measures in jeopardy.

While the changes are expected to be formally announced in the UK’s nine-week review of lockdown taking place by Thursday, Mr Johnson said “because of the progress we are making, I can with confidence put the British people on notice of the changes we intend to take as we move into step two.”

Ahead of the reopening, the British government is expected to publish new guidelines for shops, to ensure that they meet the necessary social distancing and hygiene standards.

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