September 25, 2020

Coronavirus: How might lockdown end and what will be the ‘new normal’?

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is to announce on Sunday his plans to restart the economy and ease lockdown restrictions.

But what could everyday life be like?

When can I go shopping again?
High Street fashion chains and others closed during lockdown are waiting to hear how they might reopen.

Changing rooms could be closed and customers encouraged to shop alone, the British Retail Consortium suggests.

Next says it will prioritise reopening larger, out-of-town outlets, where social distancing is easier.

Some DIY stores, meanwhile, have already reopened – but they are accepting card payments only and have shorter trading hours.

And B&Q has banned under-16s.

But several retailers will be missing from the High Street altogether, the chairman of key-cutting company Timpson has warned.

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