Shops get go-ahead for December reopening

Stores will be able to reopen after the lockdown ends in December

Stores dubbed ‘non-essential’ will be able to reopen at the start of next month when the latest English lockdown comes to an end.

All retailers will be able to resume trade after lockdown ends on December 2, prime minister Boris Johnson is expected to say today.

Retailers will breathe a sigh of relief that they will be able to trade fully in the final weeks of the crucial Christmas period. However, many still may not make up for trade lost during the lockdown, imposed to counter the spread of the coronavirus.

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