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When will non-essential shops open?


BRITS who are desperate to hit the shops will be wondering when non-essential retail will open again.

In February, Prime Minister Boris Johnson revealed his roadmap out of lockdown, including when stores can welcome back customers.

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Brits are expected to be told when they can visit non-essential shops again

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Brits are expected to be told when they can visit non-essential shops againCredit: PA:Press Association

Other dates the PM announced include schools reopening from March 8.

The rules will be further relaxed on March 29, when either six people or two households will be able to meet outside.

From April 12, non-essential retail will reopen along with pubs and restaurants which can offer outside table service and takeaways pints.

They will open fully for drinking and eating indoors later on May 17 with table service only.

The rest of restrictions will be eased by June 21 — with the hope of normality by July, when every adult will have been offered a first does of the coronavirus jab.

But what does the roadmap look like for non-essential shops?

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When will non-essential shops reopen?

The PM has said non-essential shops will reopen from April 12.

At the moment, only shops that are deemed essential by the government are allowed to open. 

This includes stores that sell important goods such as food, medicines and DIY equipment for home repairs – see the full list below.

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Shops that aren’t essential, and are currently closed for walk-in customers, are ones that sell items like clothing, toys and homeware products.

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However, these stores have been allowed to stay open during lockdown for home delivery and click and collect orders.

Again, you can see a full list of what is closed below.

Mr Johnson placed England into its third national lockdown on January 5 as he urged households to stay at home to control the spread of coronavirus.

During the first lockdown, non-essential shops were closed from March 16 until June 15.

For the second lockdown, non-essential retail closed for four weeks, from November 5 until December 2.

Which shops and businesses are open during lockdown?

Here is a full list of “essential” businesses that have been allowed by the government to stay open during lockdown:

  • Supermarkets
  • Pharmacies
  • Garden centres
  • Building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences
  • Market stalls selling essential retail
  • Businesses providing repair services but only if they primarily offer repair services
  • Petrol stations
  • Automatic (but not manual) car washes
  • Vehicle repair and MOT services
  • Bicycle shops
  • Taxi and vehicle hire businesses
  • Banks and building societies
  • Post offices
  • Short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses
  • Funeral directors
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical and dental services
  • Vets and pet shops
  • Animal rescue centres, boarding facilities, and animal groomers
  • Agricultural supplies shops
  • Mobility and disability support shops
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Car parks
  • Public toilets
  • Motorway service areas
  • Outdoor playgrounds
  • Outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
  • Places of worship
  • Crematoriums and burial grounds

Which non-essential shops are closed during lockdown?

The following types of retailers have been classed as “non-essential” and are therefore shut during lockdown.

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They can still offer click and collect and home delivery services.

  • Clothing shops
  • Homeware shops
  • Toy shops
  • Vehicle showrooms (other than for rental)
  • Betting shops
  • Tailors
  • Tobacco and vape shops
  • Electronic goods shops
  • Mobile phone shops
  • Auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment)
  • Market stalls selling non-essential goods

The Prime Minister also announced that hairdressers will open from April 12 along with gyms.

Working from home measures will remain in place until at least June.

full list of businesses that must stay closed until April 12 was revealed today – with cinemas and bingo halls to stay closed until May 17

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