Retailers will be able to stay open until 10 p.m. six days a week, when they will welcome customers again after months of shutdowns, the government said.
Communities Secretary Robert Jenrick said extended hours Monday through Saturday would help shoppers return to main streets safely when non-essential stores reopen from April 12.
Stores will be able to extend their opening hours from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. to help customers avoid rush hours and ease transport pressures, according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Authorities.
As part of the ‘road map’ to ease lockdown measures, non-essential retailers could reopen from April 12 at the earliest, provided the conditions are met.
Announcing the temporary measures, Jenrick said: “To help businesses reopen and recover, I have extended the measures to allow stores to stay open longer. It’s part of a support package to help reopen our stores and high streets safely – backed by £ 56million.
“This will give a much needed boost to many businesses – protecting jobs, reducing pressure on public transport and helping people and communities continue to safely visit their main streets and shop.” locally.”
The government also announced that it would extend flexible working hours at construction sites and allow food deliveries to supermarkets for longer periods.
Other measures also included maintaining the flexibility of pubs and restaurants to set up marquees to help increase seating capacity securely by Covid.