Retail stores and garden parties in next lockdown relaxation

The next phase of lockdown relaxation could see gatherings of up to 10 people allowed, as we prepare for life with social distancing.

The latest proposals put forward by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a cabinet meeting could see our “social bubbles” increase to allow for garden parties and barbecues in June.

There has also been a push for the retail sector to open again, with Mr. Johnson’s announcement yesterday outlining when shops will be allowed to reopen.

The majority of stores are being given the go-ahead to open on June 15, with phased returns planned for more sectors towards the end of June.

A full breakdown of shops and public spaces and when they will be planning to reopen is:

June 1

  • Outdoor markets
  • Car showrooms

June 15

  • Clothing and shoe stores (Lincoln’s High Street could see a revival with the likes of Primark, Office and Topshop reopening)
  • Chemists
  • Toy stores
  • Bookshops (Waterstones, WH Smith)
  • Charity shops (British Heart Foundation, St. Barnabas)
  • Photography studios
  • Indoor markets
  • Furniture shops
  • Electronics stores such as phone shops
  • Tailors
  • Antique stores and auction houses
  • Retail art galleries
  • Gift shops in theatres, museums libraries, heritage and tourism sites
  • Betting shops and arcades

End of June/early July

  • Wetherspoons expecting to open doors in July
  • Hotels could potentially reopen on July 4, with companies not taking bookings before that date, except for essential workers like NHS staff

Shut for now

  • Hairdressers, barbers and salons (the lockdown closure hasn’t stopped all barbers from trying to illegally stay open though)
  • Restaurants, bars and pubs (if you want a restaurant meal, you’ll have to order for delivery in the mean time)
  • Libraries
  • Nightclubs (Home still won’t be open in Lincoln)
  • Places of worship
  • Cafes
  • Cinemas (so no Lincoln Odeon dates just yet)
  • Gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres (we’ll have to stick to home workouts)
  • Fun fairs

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