Published On: Mon, Feb 22nd, 2021

When will non-essential shops open?

The PM today announced non-essential shops will reopen from April 12.

The full list of non-essential shops includes clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock and agricultural equipment), and market stalls selling non-essential goods.

This will only be possible if the vaccine rollout continues to prove successful and Covid-related death figures in the UK continue to decline.

To reopen safely, these non-essential shops will likely be required to introduce stricter safety measures including face masks and social distancing.

Speaking from the House of Commons, Mr Johnson said: “In step two non-essential retail will reopen, as will personal care including hairdressers I’m glad to say, and nail salons.

“Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms will re-open, as will holiday-lets, but only for use by individuals or household groups.

‘We will begin to re-open our pubs and restaurants outdoors and Hon Members will be relieved there will be no curfew and the Scotch Egg debate will be over because there will be no requirement for alcohol to be accompanied by a substantial meal.

“Zoos, theme parks and drive-in cinemas will re-open as will public libraries and community centres.”

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