Retail businesses could open from June 1, says PM


Independent retailers could be allowed to reopen from June 1, Boris Johnson said in a televised statement last night. 

The Prime Minister set out tentative steps to ease the countrywide lockdown in his address to the nation.

As part of the announcement, he said shops could be able to reopen from June 1 – if cases of coronavirus continue to decline at a satisfactory rate.

However, Bira is calling for more details from the Government in the coming days on how to keep staff and customers safe.

Andrew Goodacre, Bira’s CEO, said: “We now know when we can expect more of the shops to re-open – June at the earliest.

“Between now and then we need to see the final draft of the Government guidance so retailers can prepare to keep their employees and customers safe.”

He added: “We know the social distancing will reduce footfall and sales, and so we must hear that there will be more support to help retailers through a very difficult trading period.”

BAGMA will now focus on preparing its members for reopening next month. Find out more about making preparations to reopen here

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