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Non-essential retail to re-open this week

Published Monday, 12th April 2021

The next step of the Government’s plan to ease Coronavirus lockdown restrictions takes place today (Monday 12th April)

All non-essential retail will be re-opening, whilst following social distancing, wearing face coverings and the rule of 6 will remain in place.

Welcoming customers back from today is:

  • Restaurants, bars, pubs – In outdoor settings, the rule of 6 should still be followed
  • Retail shops – Face coverings must be worn, and social distancing remains in place
  • Personal care – Hairdressers, barbers, salons etc
  • Gyms – Either as an individual, or with household
  • Tourism – Zoos, theme parks, outdoor cinemas
  • Libraries & Day Centres – More information on how libraries are adapting to stay safe can be found on our Libraries page on our website
  • Campsite & Holiday lets – with self-contained facilities.

Simon Wilkes, Head of Service at Worcestershire Regulatory Services, said: “We have contacted businesses, most of which have been closed for some time, to remind them of the measures they need to put in place.

“From revisiting risk assessments and deep cleans to ensuring efficient ventilation in the premises and encouraging staff to take lateral flow tests, these actions should become a part of a daily routine to keep everybody safe.

“As more and more shops and businesses are set to open from Monday we want to encourage people to keep their social distance when visiting the High Streets to keep themselves, and others safe and to stop the number of Covid cases from rising again”

More information on the latest Government Coronavirus guidance can be found here: