Coronavirus : Guidance for businesses

Getting back to work

Government timeline for retail to reopen in June

Thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England are set to reopen next month once they are COVID-19 secure and can show customers will be kept safe.

From 1 June 2020

Outdoor markets will be able to reopen, subject to all premises being made COVID-19 secure, as well as car showrooms, which often have significant outdoor space and where it is generally easier to apply social distancing.

From 15 June 2020

All other retailers, ranging from shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets will be allowed to reopen if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines.  

Government timetable

Government webinars


Additional resources