Prime Minister Boris Johnson has explained that some shops selling non-essential items could re-open by June or July and this could include antique shops.
The government has announced plans to ease the coronavirus lockdown. Provided that the spread of the virus has significantly slowed down, Johnson announced that many shops selling non-essential items will be allowed to open at some point in June or July. If infection rates rise, any plans to ease the lockdown will be put on hold.
The plans that Johnson revealed are applicable to England only. Shops in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland may be allowed to open at different dates. The antique trade is waiting for more detailed plans about when they can re-open and what health and safety measures shops will need to implement.
Antique shops are currently closed but many dealers have adapted their businesses and are selling antiques online. Their websites have photos and descriptions of their stock, and many dealers offer no contact deliveries for purchases.
The antique trade has raised large sums for the NHS and charities that help people affected by COVID-19. There have been several successful online auctions, where donated antiques have been sold to generous bidders.
Lancashire antique dealers have plenty of stock including late Victorian furniture and inlaid Edwardian furniture. They are dedicated to helping their customers find the antiques they are looking for. After the lockdown is eased, it is hoped that shops will be open for business. They will observe social distancing rules to protect customers and staff.
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