ALL stores across England will be able to open next month if they can meet the coronavirus guidelines to protect buyers and workers, said Boris Johnson.
The Prime Minister said that foreign markets and car showrooms could open from June 1 if they are sure to do so.
All other non-essential retailers – such as those selling clothes and books – will be allowed to open from June 15, provided the guidelines are followed along with the five government tests to help lock them in.
Johnson said at the daily Downing Street press conference that the risk of transmission is lower in outdoor areas, where social distancing may be easier to apply.
Earlier this month, garden centers were allowed to reopen in England, Wales and Northern Ireland as part of the relaxation of coronavirus locking restrictions.
The Prime Minister said, “We will be presenting our formal assessment of the five tests we have set to adjust the lockout later this week as part of the three-year review that we are legally required to undertake by Thursday.
“But because of the progress we are making, I can confidently inform the British people of the changes we intend to make as we move into the second stage. “
Johnson urged people to go to stores to help the economy rebound.
He said, “I’m certainly not going to discourage them from spending at all.
“I think this is just the start, but we very much hope that there will be a rebound in the coming months.”
Helen Dickinson, Managing Director of the British Retail Consortium, said: “We welcome the announcement of the government’s roadmap for the reopening of a wider range of stores next month, which provides much needed clarity on the way forward.
“Safety is the primary concern of all retailers and they have worked hard to implement the measures necessary to operate safely over the past few weeks.
“Now that we know which stores can open and when, retailers can start communicating their plans to their employees and customers. The industry is ready to play its part in reviving the economy. “