Non-essential shops reopen on Monday for the first time since January.
But anybody wanting to shop in England from April 12 will need to follow the fresh government guidelines for doing so.
The decision to reopen shops was confirmed by Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Easter Monday. He said: “The net result of your efforts and of course the vaccine rollout is that I can today confirm that from Monday April 12, we will move to step two of our road map.
“Reopening shops, gyms, zoos, holiday campsites, personal care services like hairdressers and of course beer gardens and outdoor hospitality of all kinds.”
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New rules for shoppers will be in place in all shops, including popular chains such as Primark, IKEA, B&Q and Argos, from next week.
Each shop will have its own set of rules and guidelines to keep shoppers and staff safe, as well as the Government guidelines, reports the Manchester Evening News.
The latest Government rules for visiting non-essential shops
Shops and members of the public will need to follow the Government’s ‘Covid-secure’ measures – which state exactly what precautions people must take to help keep Covid infections under control when outlets reopen.
This is in addition to mandatory face masks and social distancing laws.
One-way systems and barriers will also be put in place, in measures that will replicate how supermarkets have operated throughout the crisis.
Changing rooms will be open under the following guidance:
“The enclosed nature of fitting rooms may result in increased risk of transmission of Covid-19. They should therefore be carefully managed to reduce that risk.
“Retail businesses should update their risk assessments for each premises where fitting rooms are being used.”
Extended opening hours will continue when non-essential retail returns:
Longer opening hours in England will help people return to our high streets safely when non-essential shops re-open from 12 April at the earliest.
- Temporary measures to make socially distanced shopping easier to continue
- Longer opening hours for retail to give shoppers more flexibility and ease transport pressures
- Flexible working hours for construction also to continue, helping industry continue to operate safely