Which shops will reopen on June 1 and June 15 – and what will stay closed?

The government has advised these dates here are not final, and could be put back if the virus spikes.

June 1

– Outdoor markets
– Car showrooms

This will happen from June 1 onwards, “as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers.”

June 15

ALL other non-essential retail can reopen from this date including (but not limited to):

– Clothes shops
– Shoe shops
– Toy shops
– Furniture shops
– Charity Shops
– Bookshops
– Electronics
– Tailors
– Auction houses
– Photography studios
– Indoor markets

These will “be expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines, giving them three weeks to prepare.”

What will remain closed?

These will stay shut until at least July 4, and in some cases possibly much later. When they do reopen it may only be partially. Places that remain shut, apart from a few exceptions like takeaways or hospital canteens include:

– Restaurants, bars and pubs
– Cafes and canteens
– Hairdressers, barbers, beauty and nail salons
– Piercing and tattoo parlours
– Holiday accommodation including hotels, hostels, B&Bs, holiday rentals, campsites and boarding houses
– Caravan parks/sites for commercial uses
– Libraries
– Community centres
– Places of worship
– Museums and galleries
– Nightclubs
– Cinemas, theatres and concert halls
– Bingo halls, casinos and betting shops
– Spas and massage parlours
– Skating rinks
– Indoor fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres
– Indoor arcades, bowling alleys, soft play centres and similar facilities
– Funfairs
– Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and outdoor swimming pools

The changes apply to England only, with Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland set to announce their own plans in the coming weeks.


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