Coronavirus UK LIVE updates: Shops to reopen on June 15 as deaths reach 40,883 – The Sun

NON-ESSENTIAL shops will be able to reopen from June 15, Business secretary Alok Sharma has confirmed.

Mr Sharma gave all non-essential shops the go-ahead to welcome back customers in today's coronavirus briefing but only if they're coronavirus secure.

This followed Gavin Williamson's announcement on plans to roll back the reopening of schools.

The Education Secretary said his department was working to "bring all children back to school from September", he added, stressing exams would take place next year.

He said: "We continue to follow the best scientific advice and believe this cautious, phased return is the most sensible course of action to take."

Health Secretary Matt Hancock claimed in yesterday's press briefing students may not return until September at least.

The coronavirus death toll in the UK now stands at 40,883.

However, according to the Office for National Statistics the true death toll is actually much higher – 51,7166 as of Tuesday, June 9.

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    The British Retail Consortium (BRC) stressed that the “challenge is not over” for many retailers as they moved closer to welcoming customers again.

    Alok Sharma said that non-essential shops – which have remained closed since first shutting their doors in March – will be able to reopen on June 15, provided they follow Government guidelines.

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    “There are other countries in the world that have moved from two metres to closer distances.

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    “We are taking a cautious view on this. I completely understand why for economic reasons businesses will want to have a look at this two-metre rule.”

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    Starting this week Sharma will be leading five new recovery roundtables “bringing together businesses and business representatives groups and leading academics.”

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    Retailers that wish to reopen from June 15th must complete a Covid-19 specific risk assessment.

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  • MINISTER CONFIRMED FOR PRESS CONFERENCE

    The UK government will give its daily press briefing from Downing Street at 5pm.

    The briefing will be led by Business Secretary Alok Sharma.

  • WHAT TRAVELLERS IN GATWICK CAN EXPECT FROM MONDAY

    Following that blog post about Gatwick, here's what travellers can expect from Monday:

    • Hand sanitiser stations
    • Protective screens
    • Regular deep cleaning
    • Social distancing instructions
    • Passengers must wear face coverings – and they'll be able to buy them from vending machines in the airport

    Gatwick chief executive Stewart Wingate said: “We have introduced a range of new social distancing and hygiene solutions to help this happen so we can all help protect each other when travelling through the airport.”

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