Timeline for retail services to reopen has been announced

As part of the roadmap to recovery the Prime Minister has set out a timeline for retail services to reopen. This will happen in stages starting from the 1st June and guidance has been published for how to operate safely to protect staff and customers.

Cllr Miles Parkinson OBE, Leader of Hyndburn Borough Council said:

“We are urging all business owners to carefully read the guidance and make sure they have all appropriate health and safety measures in place before opening, including full risk assessments. We want to get our local economy up and running but it is important to do so slowly and with caution to prevent any further spread of Covid-19.”

Key details to note:

  • Outdoor marketsand car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers. As with garden centres, the risk of transmission of the virus is lower in these outdoor and more open spaces. Car showrooms often have significant outdoor space and it is generally easier to apply social distancing.


  • All other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, will be expected to be able to reopen from15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines, giving them three weeks to prepare.


  • 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 securein line with the current Health and Safety legislation.

Full details of the announcement can be found here.

Guidance for reopening can be found here.

There are a number of free upcoming ‘working safely during coronavirus’ webinars, hosted by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy:

Full details of all upcoming webinars can be found here.