After three months of lockdown, United Kingdom is slowly coming back to normal. However, nothing will be the same as we’re used to amid extremely strict rules.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that all non-essential retailers will reopen from June 15, which is the latest step in easing the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions.
From now on, customers will have to follow the “one-way system” and quarantined footwear when entering the shops. Checkouts will be behind the screens, all toilets and changing rooms will be closed, only a limit number of customers will be allowed inside the store, and no seating will be available.
Stores will also have to follow strict rules by markings outside to assist with socially-distanced queuing and encourage customers to shop alone if possible.
All steps to fight against coronavirus are still in progress and showers will have to adhere to new guidelines to protect themselves as well as workers. As non-essential shops are being given the green light, outdoor markets and car showrooms will also be able to reopen from June 1.
The decision to ease the lockdown has come after the number of coronavirus deaths fell to 121 in a day. UK’s current death toll is at 36,914 and is one of the highest affected countries in the world.
Boris Johnson also said that the retails sector will have to follow very strict measures to meet the necessary social distancing and hygiene standards. Shops have enough of time to implement all changes before they reopen. “I want people to be confident that they can shop safely, provided they follow the social distancing rules for all premises.”