Boris Johnson announces all non-essential shops to open in June

Boris Johnson announced open markets and car showrooms can open from June 1 and that all non-essential shops are expected to reopen from June 15.

Speaking at the daily national press briefing the Prime Minister said it was time to allow some non-essential shops to open as the coronavirus numbers continue to decrease.

Mr Johnson said it will start with some outdoor markets and car showrooms opening, as it is easier and safer for consumers to shop outside, if they can meet the Covid-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers.

He then added that all non-essential shops will be reopened on June 15.

Mr Johnson said: "Today I want to give the retail sector notice of our intention to reopen shops so they too can get ready."

He said: "Shops now have the time to implement this guidance before they reopen. This will ensure there can be no doubt about what steps they should take."

He added that the government will have "the powers we need to enforce compliance where that is required".

He was speaking shortly after his senior adviser Dominic Cummings had held an extraordinary press conference defending his 260-mile journey to County Durham in March.