Britain will reopen thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centers next month as part of measures to reduce the lockdown of the coronavirus virus, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Monday.
He told a news conference that the open markets and car showrooms will reopen from June 1, as they meet COVID-19 safeguards from June 15 to meet government inspections and meet all other redundant retail.
Johnson is keen to reopen the closed economy since Britain entered the lockdown to stop the spread of the coronavirus novel, but if the infection is overcome as soon as possible, there is also the fear of infection being the second severe.
“Today, I want to give notice to the retail sector of my intentions to reopen the stores so they can be ready, too,” Johnson said. “We have taken careful but deliberate steps to rebuild our country.”
Stores that sell clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books and electronics, plus tellers, auction houses, photography studios and indoor markets will reopen from June 15, allowing three ready-made wills to take place, the government said.
Businesses can open those dates only after completing a risk assessment in consultation with trade union representatives or workers.
Commerce Minister Alok Sharma said in a statement: “Every street in the country has the heart of every community.
“Opening these businesses will be an important step on the road to rebuilding our economy and supporting millions of jobs in the UK.