Retail outlets will be able to reopen from June 15th the business Secretary has announced
At the Daily Downing Street Press Conference Alok Sharma said that it was the right decision to shut all non-essential shops at the start of lockdown as it has reduced infections and got the R-rate under control.
The Government’s five tests are still being met and therefore retail outlets will be able to reopen from June 15, as long as they comply with guidelines.
Any business that is open must complete a risk-assessment”, reminding businesses it is their legal obligation to follow the guidelines. Enforcement notices will be issued for those that do not.
Some places will still have to remain closed. Pubs, restaurants, barbers and hairdressers will get further guidance on when they can open in due course.
During the Press Conference the Business Secretary was repeatedly pressed on whether the two metre rule would be relaxed with one journalist saying that if not it would mean the loss of a million jobs.
Sharma continually repeated that it was under review adding that it he understands why business wants it reduced. But the government will only change it when it is safe to do so.