Any store in England can open until 10 p.m. when the lockdown ends, the government has said.
If you give stores the flexibility to stay open until 10 p.m. six days a week, people can safely return to the main streets, community secretary Robert Jenrick said.
The changes will give people more flexibility to avoid peak periods and reduce transportation pressures if essential stores don’t open April 12 at the earliest, according to the Department of Housing, Towns and Local Government.
If retail reopens as part of the Prime Minister’s lockdown roadmap, stores may remain open until 10:00 PM on Thursday, Monday through Saturday, upon the release of a written ministerial statement.
The government is also extending flexible hours on construction sites, allowing food delivery to supermarkets for longer periods of time, and maintaining the flexibility for pubs and restaurants to pitch tents to increase seating capacity in a Covid-safe manner.
Mr. Jenrick said, “To help businesses reopen and restore, I’ve expanded the policy to keep stores open longer.
“This is part of a support package to help us reopen our stores and highways safely – backed by £ 56 million.
“This will give many businesses the much-needed boost – protecting jobs, relieving pressure on public transport, and helping people and communities continue to safely visit their main roads and shop locally.”
As part of the £ 56 million Welcome Back Fund announced last week, Jenrick encourages councils to continue to support social distancing and easing of planning rules to ensure people keep a safe distance on our main streets can hold.
The government is also extending flexible hours on construction sites, allowing food to be delivered to supermarkets for longer periods, and maintaining the flexibility for pubs and restaurants to pitch tents to increase seating capacity in a Covid-safe manner.