The Government has issued new advice around which stores are allowed to reopen and those which are to remain shut as the lockdown has now been eased.
At the start of lockdown 10 weeks ago only essential shops were allowed to stay open which led to a huge demand on supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda.
Discount stores such as Home Bargains and B&M have also been coping with high numbers of customers visiting each day, Liverpool Echo reports.
The lockdown meant all other stores, including the majority on high streets across the UK were ordered to close and have remained shut since March 23.
On the Government website the guidance has now been updated to state stores selling homeware are allowed to reopen which is why Matalan today announced it had reopened a selected number of stores.
Matalan will reopen some of its stores
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In statement posted on its website, the company said it took the decision after the government guidance changed.
It reads: “Following our decision to close our stores almost eight weeks ago we’ve been working tirelessly on preparing our stores for reopening with enhanced health and safety measures and strict social distancing guidelines to ensure we offer the safest shopping environment for you.
“Given the change in government guidance on 1st May to include Homeware as essential retail in England, we are now pleased to inform you that we are starting to reopen selected stores.”
Below, is the latest Government advice and the shops which can and can’t open.
Home Bargains has been coping with high numbers of customers
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Shop that can now reopen
• Food retailers, including supermarkets
• Dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services (including physiotherapy and podiatry services), and services relating to mental health
• Pharmacies and chemists, including non-dispensing pharmacies
Primark isn’t allowed to open its stores yet
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• Petrol stations
• Bicycle shops
• Homeware, building supplies and hardware stores, including where those stores supply equipment for hire
• Garden centres and plant nurseries
Garden centres are now allowed to reopen
• Veterinary surgeries and pet shops
• Agricultural supplies shops
• Convenience stores, corner shops and newsagents
• Off-licences and licensed shops selling alcohol, including those within breweries
Petrol stations are open
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• Laundrettes and dry cleaners
• Post offices
• Taxi or vehicle hire businesses
• Car repair and MOT services
• Car parks
Hairdressing salons and barbers must stay closed
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• Banks, building societies, short-term loan providers, credit unions, savings clubs, cash points, currency exchange offices, businesses for the transmission of money, and businesses which cash cheques.
• Storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop off or collection points where they are on the premises of any of the above businesses
• Public toilets
• Shopping centres may stay open but only units of the types listed above may trade
Shop that need to remain closed
• Hairdressers, barbers, beauty and nail salons including piercing and tattoo parlours
• All other retail stores than those exempt, must close their premises to members of the public. However, staff may be present to make deliveries or provide services in response to orders such as those through telephone, online, or mail.
• Clothing, beauty and shoe stores much remain closed.