The Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, met traders returning to their market stalls today (Monday) as part of the Government’s plan to gradually reopen the economy.
From today outdoor markets are able to trade again as some lockdown measures are lifted.
The Chancellor shopped at Tachbrook Market in Pimlico, London to mark the first day many sellers have been able to open for business.
The transmission of coronavirus is lower outdoors, experts say, and it is easier to follow covid-19-secure guidelines in open spaces.
While buying lunch, the Chancellor met Ratib Albudoor, owner of Falafel Rush, who had to close his stall because of the virus. Ratib is one of the many traders across England who can reopen their stalls today once they are covid-19-secure and can demonstrate that customers will be safe.
Rishi Sunak said: “From today, outdoor markets selling flowers, books, crafts, and fashion can start trading again, marking a major milestone in our plan to kickstart the economy.
“We’re only able to take these steps because of what we have achieved together so far. If the scientific and medical advice allows, the next steps will be to reopen non-essential retail in mid-June, and then hospitality and leisure in early July, so these sectors can start trading once again.”
All other non-essential retail will be able to reopen from June 15 if the scientific and medical advice allows, provided they are able to follow the safety guidelines.
As ‘essential’ retailers, Pet shops have been allowed to open throughout lockdown.