Many businesses have been hit hard by the coronavirus lockdown as they were forced to close to help stop the spread in the UK. However, the government has recently announced that some shops and services are allowed to reopen from June 15. The guidance means clothes shops, charity shops and even zoos will be permitted to open on Monday, so long as bosses have ensured the business can follow new safety regulations.
But while it’s good news for some non-essential retailers as they reopen to customers, others are having to wait even longer.
The government’s lockdown rules mean that many companies are still banned from reopening as the country still fights off the coronavirus pandemic.
Among the businesses that won’t be able to open from Monday are libraries, hairdressers and beauty salons, caravan parks, churches and gyms.
Even museums and galleries are banned from opening, despite the fact that the gift shops within them are on the list to open up on Monday.
Some companies are still banned from reopening
Churches remain on the list of closures
The coronavirus has caused huge problems for retailers, with many clothing stores going into administration during the lockdown over the last few months.
However, clothing stores such as Next, Debenhams, John Lewis and Marks and Spencer have announced their plans to reopen from Monday, with some promising huge sales to attract customers and get rid of excess stock.
The shops will only be allowed to open if they have made drastic changes to keep customers and staff safe, with social distancing measures in place.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said businesses will have to stick to a set of struct guidelines, including the closure of all fitting rooms and keeping numbers down by implementing queueing systems where needed.
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The move follows on from outdoor spaces such as car dealerships and markets that were allowed to reopen from the beginning of June.
Homeware shops such as Dunelm, B&Q and Ikea have also been allowed to open, with some experiencing huge queues as shoppers visit stores for the first time in months.
But while the fashion industry will be getting back on its feet next week, others will have to wait until at least July 4.
“Accommodation” businesses are in phase three of the government’s rebuilding plan, meaning holiday parks and caravan sites have to remain closed until at least that date.
Despite reports that the hospitality industry will be opening early, No. 10 has confirmed today that pubs will not be reopening until at least July.
The June 15 date doesn’t apply to gyms or fitness centres
Here’s a full list of the shops and businesses that are still not allowed to open in the UK:
Restaurants, bars and pubs
Cinemas, theatres and concert halls
Spas and massage parlours
Indoor fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres
Indoor arcades, bowling alleys, soft play centres and similar facilities
Salons will not be able to open from Monday
Playgrounds, outdoor gyms and outdoor swimming pools
Museums and galleries
Cafés 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
Places of worship