Car showrooms and outdoor markets will reopen from June 1, the Prime Minister said.

Boris Johnson said he wanted to put the public “on notice” for his plans for the next phase of the lockdown. The announcement followed news on Sunday that children in reception, years one and six would return to school in England from June 1.

The Prime Minister told the Downing Street briefing on Monday evening that from June 1 outdoor markets and car showrooms will be allowed to open, provided they can do so safely.

He said: "We know that the transmission of the virus is lower outdoors and that it is easier to follow Covid secure guidelines in open spaces."

From June 15, "all other non-essential retail" including department stores will be allowed to reopen, contingent on progress in the fight against coronavirus and if the businesses are "covid secure".

New guidance will be published for the retail sector "detailing the measures they should take to meet the necessary social distancing and hygiene standards".

"Shops now have the time to implement this guidance before they reopen," he said.

"This will ensure there can be no doubt about what steps they should take."

Boris Johnson said the authorities would "have the powers we need to enforce compliance where that is required".

"I want people to be confident that they can shop safely provided they follow the social distancing rules for all premises," he added.

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