Charity shops are deemed as non-essential businesses and therefore all physical stores were forced to close their doors to customers at the beginning of the year. Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week unveiled his roadmap out of lockdown, which will see all non-essential shops reopen in a few weeks. But when exactly will charity shops be able to reopen?
Speaking in the House of Commons on Monday, February 22, Mr Johnson announced his coronavirus lockdown easing roadmap.
Mr Johnson said: “Today the end really is in sight, and a wretched year will give way to a spring and a summer that will be very different and incomparably better than the picture we see around us today.”
The four-stage plan for lockdown easing in England will begin on March 8 with the reopening of schools, and two people being able to meet for a drink, coffee or picnic outdoors.
The plan ends with the lifting of all restrictions including social distancing and legal limits on weddings, funerals and more being removed from June 21.
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The Prime Minister today said he is “very optimistic” he will be able to remove all restrictions in England by June 21.
Mr Johnson said: “I’m hopeful but obviously nothing can be guaranteed and it all depends on the way we continue to be prudent and continue to follow the guidance in each stage…