Shops can stay open until 10pm when England’s lockdown eased
Retailers will be able to stay open until 10pm six days a week when they welcome back customers after months of closures, the government has announced.
The communities secretary, Robert Jenrick, has said extended opening hours from Monday to Saturday will help shoppers return to high streets safely when non-essential shops reopen from 12 April.
Shops will be able to extend their opening hours from 7am to 10pm to help customers avoid peak times and ease transport pressures, according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.
Under the “roadmap” for easing lockdown measures, non-essential retailers could reopen from 12 April at the earliest, provided conditions are met.
Announcing the temporary measures, Jenrick said: “To support businesses to reopen and recover, I’ve extended measures to allow shops to stay open for longer. This is part of a package of support to help reopen our shops and high streets safely – backed by £56m.
“This will provide a much-needed boost for many businesses – protecting jobs, reducing pressure on public transport and supporting people and communities to continue to visit their high streets safely and shop locally.”
The government has also announced it will extend flexible working hours on construction sites and will allow food deliveries to supermarkets over more time periods.
Other measures also included keeping the flexibility for pubs and restaurants to put up marquees to help increase seating capacity in a Covid-secure way.
Londoners urged to obey lockdown rules ahead of easing
The Mayor of London has urged people not to meet in groups outside of their own household this weekend, ahead of a rule-change on Monday that will see groups of up to six from multiple households meeting outdoors.
“We’re still in lockdown,” Sadiq Khan’s office said. “Please act responsibly.”