After a long, dark winter, Covid restrictions are at last beginning to be relaxed and retailers forced to shut during lockdown can look forward to reopening.
While each stage of the roadmap out of pandemic conditions is subject to government review, the omens look good.
The success of the UK vaccination programme means that just over 30 million people have received their first jab – around 57% of all adults – and this week people were able to begin socialising once again as meeting outside in groups of six was permitted and outdoor sports recommenced.
In less than a fortnight’s time, on April 12, the shutters come up on stores that have been closed all year – and there are encouraging signs that shoppers will be back, too.
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