Boris Johnson's lockdown exit plan is forging ahead with step two next month, with plans for more kids to be sent back to school and the phased reopening of shops.
The Prime Minister said we could expect an official update no earlier than Monday, June 1, after everyone checks that the five tests are being met – but it seems that's simply a formality at this stage, with Johnson saying that "because of the progress we're making" we can expect to see outdoor markets, and car showrooms open up on June 1 as long as premises are made 'Covid secure'. So partitions, gloves, caps on the amounts of customers in store, or other measures should be in place to ensure that chances of transmission are minimal. Johnson explained:
"We know that the transmission of the virus is lower outdoors and that it is easier to follow Covid Secure guidelines in open spaces. That means we can also allow outdoor markets to reopen in a safe way that does not risk causing a second wave of the virus."
Other non-essential retail will have to wait a couple of weeks into June before they can open their doors again, and the five tests will need to be reviewed beforehand, while businesses will also need to make sure they're Covid secure.
"From 15 June, we intend to allow all other non-essential retail, ranging from department stores to small, independent shops, to reopen. Again, this change will be contingent upon progress against the 5 tests and will only be permitted for those retail premises which are COVID-secure."
"While the vast majority of businesses will want to do everything possible to protect their staff and customers, I should add that we will, of course, have the powers we need to enforce compliance where that is required.
"I want people to be confident they can shop safely, provided they follow the social distancing rules for all premises."
All being well, now that coronavirus has been briefed and will undoubtedly back off and stop infecting people, the hospitality industry is next on the agenda, with the step 3 set for July.