COVID-19: Dates announced for reopening retail stores (update from Camden Council)

Non-essential retail businesses are now expected to be allowed to open from in June
The government has now set out a timeline for the reopening of retail businesses.

Provided they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers, outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June.

All other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, are expected to be able to reopen from 15 June.

Government guidance is that businesses will only be able to open from these dates once they have completed a risk assessment, in consultation with trade union representatives or workers, and are confident they are managing the risks. They must have taken the necessary steps to become COVID-19 secure in line with the current Health and Safety legislation. Businesses should be prepared for spot checks to be carried out, including following any concerns raised by members of the public.

The government have published updated COVID-secure guidelines for people who work in or run shops, branches, and stores:

If you would like support in preparing to reopen your business, the London Growth Hub are offering free 1-2-1 advice sessions. You can book an appointment and access other resources online:

For further details on support available to businesses, please check our coronavirus business webpages: