Which stores will reopen on June 1 and 15 – and what will remain closed?


Millions of people will return to work starting June 15 as the government authorizes the reopening of stores across England.

Shoe stores, clothing stores, bookstores, electronics and home markets will all be allowed to open on June 15.

And car showrooms and outdoor markets are assigned a date before June 1.

But all the reception places – from pubs, clubs and cafes to cinemas, theaters and bowling alley – remain closed.

The changes presented today apply only to England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland due to announce their own plans in the coming weeks.

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A man skates in front of a sales panel on Oxford Street. As clothing stores begin to prepare to open, analysts have suggested big discounts may be offered as off-season inventory is released

Stores were asked to “consider” placing a poster in their windows to show that they are aware of the advice and commitment to safety measures.

They were also advised to store the returned items for 72 hours before returning them to the workshop.

Protective coatings could be applied to large objects touched by the public, such as beds or sofas.

“Frequent cleaning” of cash registers, carts, coffee machines and betting terminals is recommended.

Restaurants, bars and pubs will remain closed for the time being. Pictured Milan May 18 where restaurants were allowed to reopen

Some fear that returns will be too soon and some store employees will not be safe.

The government insists that the dates are not final and could be postponed if the virus soars.

June 1

  • External markets
  • Car showrooms

This will happen from June 1, “as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect buyers and workers.”

June 15

ALL other non-essential retailers can reopen from this date, including (but not limited to):

  • Clothing stores
  • Shoe stores
  • Toy stores
  • Furniture stores
  • Bookstores
  • Electronic
  • Tailors
  • Auction houses
  • Photography studios
  • Domestic markets

They “should be able to reopen from June 15 if the five government tests are completed and if they meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines, which gives them three weeks to prepare.”

What will remain closed?

The ad did not include any places in the hotel or entertainment industry.

These will remain closed until at least July 4, and in some cases, possibly much later.

When they reopen, it’s only partially.

The places that remain closed, with a few exceptions such as take-out or hospital canteens, include:

  • Restaurants, bars and pubs
  • Cafes and canteens
  • Hairdressers, barbers, beauty and nail salons
  • Piercing and tattoo parlors
  • Holiday accommodation, including hotels, inns, guesthouses, vacation rentals, campsites and guesthouses
  • Caravan parks / sites for commercial use
  • Libraries

  • Community centers

  • Places of worship

  • Museums and galleries

  • Nightclubs

  • Cinemas, theaters and concert halls

  • Bingo halls, casinos and betting shops

  • Spas and massage parlors

  • Skating rinks

  • Indoor fitness studios, gymnasiums, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centers

  • Indoor arcades, bowling alleys, play centers and similar facilities

  • Funfair

  • Playgrounds, outdoor gymnasiums and outdoor pools


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