Outdoor markets can reopen from Monday June 1 — statement by Prime Minister

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said outdoor markets can reopen on Monday June 1 provided they meet the COVID-19 safeguards.

At the daily No 10 press conference on Monday May 25 Mr Johnson said following on from the announcement about schools reopening he wanted to give the retail sector notice of the Government’s intentions to reopen shops, so they too could get ready.

“So I can announce that it is our intention to allow outdoor markets to reopen from June 1, subject to all premises being made COVID-secure, as well as car showrooms, which often have significant outdoor space and where it is generally easier to apply social distancing,” he said.

“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.”

He said that from June 15 the Government intended  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.”