The Government has unveiled the full list of retailers that can reopen under new guidelines, with from 15th June. Ministers have said that fashion stores, betting shops and charity stores all allowed to welcome back customers, as long as they allow for social distancing.
Ministers have been keen to stress the date could change if reductions in coronavirus infections fail to meet expectations and the new shopping experience will be very different. Shoppers have been urged not to try on clothes in store or kiss betting slips, for example.
Gift shops in museums, retail spaces in theatres, libraries, heritage sites and tourism sites will also be allowed to open – which will be a little unusual if the actual theatre is still closed.
The full list that can be open from June 15 includes:
- Food retailers
- Hardware/homeware stores
- Fashion shops
- Charity shops
- Betting shops and arcades
- Tailors, dress fitters and fashion designers
- Car dealerships
- Auction houses
- Antique stores
- Retail art galleries
- Photography studios
- Gift shops and retail spaces in theatres, museums, libraries, heritage sites and tourism sites
- Mobile phone stores
- Indoor and outdoor markets
- Craft fairs
- Similar types of retail
But you still cannot get your hair cut or go out for a pint! At least the BBC will now be able to make a few more episodes of Bargain Hunt – as long as they do not stand too close to each other!