23 Nov 2020

Non-essential retail to reopen from December 2

Non-essential retail in England will be allowed to reopen from next Wednesday, December 2, the Prime Minister has announced.

Boris Johnson addressed the House of Commons this afternoon (Monday, November 23), to set out his Covid winter plan for England after lockdown ends next week.

England will return to the Tier Three system adopted before the lockdown. An official designation of tiers and areas will be made on Thursday with the following measures applying:

  • Reopening of all non-essential retail on Wednesday, December 2
  • Gyms will be allowed to reopen
  • The 10pm curfew for pubs and restaurants scrapped - last orders will be 10pm with closing time raised to 11pm

However, pubs and restaurants in the top tier - Tier Three - will only be able to offer click and collect or delivery.

Bira's CEO Andrew Goodacre said: “Independent retail are pleased that so called non-essential retail can open again on the December 2. Any delays to this would be even more damaging to this already fragile sector.

“We can reassure the shoppers that the shops will be safer than ever and with all the shops open, Christmas shopping will  feel ‘normal’ again. We also want to highlight again that all retail should be allowed to trade through any future lockdown, not least because having all shops open prevents crowded stores elsewhere.

“Finally, everybody wants to enjoy the festive period, but a another lockdown in the new year as a result of easing restrictions for Christmas will further damage the economy and is not a price worth paying.”

In conclusion, we advise members to revisit their re-opening risk assessment and if not already done, we strongly urge you to consider setting up click and collect to maximise your chances to keep selling into the New Year and beyond.

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