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Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Businesses and Employers Bulletin  25 May 2020

26 May 2020

UK Government sets out a timeline for retail to reopen in June

The UK Government announced today, Monday 25 May 2020, a roadmap for reopening a broader range of shops starting from next month.  From 1 June 2020, it intends to allow outdoor markets to reopen, subject to all premises being made COVID-secure, as well as car showrooms, which often have significant outdoor space and where it is generally easier to apply social distancing.

From 15 June 2020, UK Government intends to allow all other retailers, ranging from shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines.  You can read the full statement here.

Updated guidance for the retail sector has been published alongside this announcement, detailing the measures retailers should take to meet the necessary social distancing and hygiene standards.  You can find the guidance here.

Free business webinar – find out how to make your retail workplace COVID-secure

Join a free webinar, hosted by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, to find out more about how to make your retail workplace COVID-secure.

  • Thursday 28 May, 11amShops and branches – Guidance for people who run shops, branches, stores or similar environments.
  • Details of other free webinars, hosted by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, are available on how to make your workplace COVID-secure.  The webinars cover a range of different types of workplace settings which are allowed to open in England.

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