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Temporary relaxation of opening hours for non-essential retailers

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.