Coronavirus UK: London’s Oxford Street prepares for Monday’s reopening of non-essential shops

Retailers on Oxford Street finished off their window displays today as they prepare to reopen next Monday in a bid to lure shoppers back into stores after more than three months shut due to the third national lockdown. Workers at Selfridges, Office, Lacoste, Accessorize and Swatch were all seen putting the finishing touches to their … Read more

Matt Hancock summoned to High Court to justify why non-essential shops can reopen before pubs

Matt Hancock has been summoned to the High Court to justify why non-essential shops will be allowed to open before the full return of pubs and restaurants. It comes after Pizza Express founder Hugh Osmond and nightclubs operator Sacha Lord launched a legal challenge claiming the Government has ‘failed’ to provide evidence for delaying the … Read more

Welsh supermarkets can return to selling non-essential items today

Welsh supermarkets can return to selling electronics, clothes and toys while garden centres reopen TODAY as national lockdown further eases – but non-essential shops remain closed All non-essential retail was ordered to close in Wales on Christmas Eve last year Supermarkets stayed open, but items like books and DVDs could not be sold  Shoppers raged … Read more

Angela Merkel extends German lockdown by three weeks but eases restrictions for non-essential shops

Germany is extending its Covid lockdown by three weeks until March 28 but easing some restrictions to allow non-essential shops and businesses to reopen in areas with low infection rates. After about nine hours of talks on Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of the country’s 16 states agreed to the measures amid a … Read more

Asda refused to sell school uniform to grandmother for five-year-old as it was ‘non-essential’ item

Asda refused to sell school uniform to grandmother for five-year-old who grew out of her old one during lockdown as it was a ‘non-essential’ item Alison Clement, 55, was shopping for five-year-old granddaughter Amber Davies Amber needed new pinafore, cardigan and tights for school after a growth spurt But her mother and grandmother were turned … Read more

High Street prepares to fight back – but what will be left?: Non-essential shops to open on April 12

Non-essential shops in England will be able to open by April 12 at the earliest after more than three months of being shut down.   Stores will open at the same time that hairdressers, pubs and gyms can get back up and running – regardless of mounting fears about the economic meltdown. Meanwhile, the Prime Minister … Read more

Wetherspoon wants pubs reopened at same time as non-essential shops

Wetherspoon today called on the Government to open its pubs at the same time as non-essential shops as bars remain shut across Britain during the third lockdown. Ministers are said to be considering plans to allow hospitality firms to serve customers outside by Easter, which falls on the weekend of April 2. But a full … Read more

Covid: EASTER EGGS used as a barrier to stop customers reaching ‘non-essential’ clothing at Tesco

Shoppers have ridiculed supermarket giant Tesco after one store built a ‘great wall of Easter eggs’ to block off non-essential clothing items while another put red-and-white hazard tape over a shelf of children’s books. Dr Caroline West shared a photo of the bizarre chocolate barrier, measuring nine boxes high, at a Tesco in Dublin – … Read more

Priti Patel refuses to rule out blanket ban on non-essential travel

Priti Patel today refused to rule out a blanket ban on non-essential travel into and out of the UK as ministers scramble to tighten up border controls.  Asked about the idea, the Home Secretary said the government was ‘reviewing measures at the border’ and further announcements would be made in the coming days. Boris Johnson … Read more