Non-essential retailers can extend their opening hours to 7am to 10pm, Monday to Saturday, when they reopen.
Extended retail opening hours will be possible from Step 2 of the government’s roadmap, no earlier than 12 April. They will last until the introduction of Step 4 of the roadmap, which is scheduled for no earlier than 21 June 2021.
The relaxation of opening hours will help ensure there is a safe retail environment. It will help spread footfall, ease transport pressures, and make social distancing easier for shoppers.
Planning enforcement will not operate in relation to the extended non-essential retail opening hours during this time. There will be no change in licensing restrictions on retailers.
We recognise that longer retail opening hours might have a temporary impact on local residents. This needs to be balanced against the significant public interest in ensuring a safe retail environment when non-essential shops reopen. The 10pm limitation should also mitigate the impact for residents.
For further information, read the government’s ministerial statement from 25 March 2021.