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Non-essential retail can reopen on Monday, says Business Minister


Business Secretary Alok Sharma confirmed last night (June 9) that non-essential shops can reopen on Monday – as long as they are Covid-secure.

He said retailers can open as long as they follow safety guidelines – and complete the required risk assessment – or they could face enforcement notices.

He also said pubs, bars, restaurants and hairdressers will not be able to reopen until July 4, 2020, “at the earliest”.

In Northern Ireland, all shops will be allowed to reopen from Friday. No dates have been set for the reopening of non-essential shops in Scotland and Wales, although each country has set out its planned stages for lifting lockdown.

Bira Legal has created this downloadable template to help you complete the required risk assessment

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