Coronavirus: UK shops could reopen in June, says PM

Boris Johnson

The prime minister says that some shops may be able to reopen as early as next month as part of a phased easing of lockdown measures.

Boris Johnson laid out the framework of a prospective timeline to ease lockdown restrictions on Sunday evening, which included the reopening of some shops and schools in June.

Johnson stressed, however, that this proposed schedule depended on the rate of infection of coronavirus – which he referred to as the R – staying below current levels.

“In step two – at the earliest by June 1, after half-term – we believe we may be in a position to begin the phased reopening of shops and to get primary pupils back into schools, in stages, beginning with reception, year one and year six,” he said.

Subscription content

Please sign in now if you have a subscription or are already registered with us.

Retail Week

Register for free to continue reading

Retail-Week.com provides premium, in-depth intelligence that helps retailers judge risks, spot opportunities and identify what they need to do to win in the digital economy.

Register today for a taste of our high-quality intelligence and enjoy:

  • Three free articles a month on Retail-Week.com
  • Detailed analysis of current trends and events 
  • Exclusive newsletters
  • In-depth reports, videos, interviews and much more

Discover Retail Week register now

Please note, if you have recently purchased a subscription, it may take a few minutes before your account is updated.