The government has announced, that provided its five coronavirus tests are met, antique shops may be able to open on Monday, June 15.
Outdoor antique markets can be held as of this week, while indoor markets, auction houses and shops will be allowed to open on June 15 as long as there is no significant rise in COVID-19 cases.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced these changes in his government briefing on May 25. Antique shops that open must follow COVID-19 safety measures, such as ensuring that customers follow social distancing and providing hand sanitising facilities. This means that small shops will limit the number of customers allowed in the shop at any one time.
The government has issued guidelines on their gov.uk website on what safety measures shops need to have to protect their staff and customers. The government is working with local government and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to enable them to carry out spot checks to make sure all health and safety guidelines are being followed in businesses.
Johnson’s announcement about opening shops selling non-essential items applies only to England. Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales have their own guidelines, which mean that antique shops there may not have the option to open as early.
The way to see what Lancashire antique dealers have to offer is by looking at the photographs and description of antiques for sale on their websites. Soon, customers will be able to enjoy in-person viewings of antique cupboards, chests, chairs, wardrobes and other fine antiques by visiting shops.
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