Jane Imrie

High street to be ‘unlocked’ with reopening of non-essential businesses

Retailers across the country are set to reopen their doors today (June 15) as part of the easing of lockdown restrictions following COVID-19.

The government guidelines have allowed retailers offering clothes, toys, books and electronics - as well as record shops, tailors, auction houses, photography studios and indoor markets - to reopen from today.

Marks and Spencer, JD Sports, Primark and TopShop are among some of the larger brands set to reopen all stores across England.

Other firms such as John Lewis and Next are planning a phased return to physical trading, with select stores being reopened at first.

Businesses have been instructed to follow COVID-19 guidelines regarding social distancing in a bid to keep the public and their staff safe.

In addition to allowing reopening of businesses, the government has made it mandatory to wear face coverings on public transport in an effort to reduce the spread of coronavirus.

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