Retailers will be able to extend their daily opening hours from Monday to Saturday in the run up to Christmas and through January, the communities secretary has announced.
From tomorrow, all non-essential retail across England will be able to reopen and planning rules limiting opening hours will be eased.
Announced yesterday by communities secretary Robert Jenrick, the move is aimed at giving businesses a boost, easing transport pressures, and making social distancing easier.
‘None of us entirely enjoy navigating the crowds, especially now when social distancing is so important for controlling the pandemic. So with these changes your local shops can open longer, ensuring more pleasant and safer shopping with less pressure on public transport,’ said Mr Jenrick.
‘How long will be a choice for shopkeepers and at the discretion of the council. Councils should offer these hard pressed entrepreneurs and businesses the greatest possible flexibility this festive season.’
Helen Dickinson, chief executive of the British Retail Consortium, commented: ‘With just over three weeks until Christmas, shoppers will welcome the additional opportunities to shop that the government’s statement supports.
‘Such measures will give more flexibility for shoppers about when and how they shop and we’d encourage everyone to avoid peak times where possible, not leave it all to the last minute and follow all the safety guidelines.’