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Non-essential retail shops to reopen in England from 15 June

Subject: Coronavirus emergency

Source: Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

All ‘non-essential’ retail shops will be allowed to reopen in England from Monday 15 June, provided they follow official COVID-19 secure guidance on the health and safety of staff and customers. Operators of shops are encouraged to display the notice informing customers and staff they have followed the ‘Five Steps To Safer Working Together’ guidance.

Retail shops permitted to open will include department stores, book shops, electronics retailers, tailors, auction houses, photography studios, indoor markets, and shops selling clothes, shoes and toys, will be allowed to open their doors again provided they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines set out by the government in May.

Guidance has been issued requiring retailers to take certain steps to protect customers and staff, including limiting the number of customers allowed inside at one time, placing protective coverings on large items such as sofas which may be touched by passing shoppers, and frequently checking and cleaning objects and surfaces.

The regulations have also been changed to allow close family, members of the same

household and friends to gather to visit people near end of life in all settings, to visit

an inpatient in hospital, hospice or resident of a care home and support someone

attending a medical appointment. In addition, a women’s birth partner may attend hospital or someone’s home to support her for the birth. This represents an exception to restrictions on indoor gatherings.

The regulations in relation to gatherings and overnight stays away from home are

amended to allow those who have formed linked households to gather together

indoors and to stay at each others’ homes. “Linked households” or “bubbles” may be

formed between a household which has only one adult member and one other

household (of any number of members) where all adults in both households agree.

Places of worship in England permitted to reopen for individual prayer

Source: GOV.UK: Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government

Places of worship across England will be permitted to reopen for individual prayer from Monday 15 June 2020.


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