Covid: Shops in England can open for longer in run-up to Christmas

Covid: Shops in England can open for longer in run-up to Christmas
Months of restrictions to curb the spread of coronavirus have hit the High Street hard, and the hope is the relaxation of opening hours will boost business.

The new rules would run from Monday to Saturday.

"None of us, I suspect, enjoys navigating the crowds, and none would relish that when social distancing is so important to controlling the virus," Mr Jenrick wrote.

"These changes mean your local shops can open longer, ensuring more pleasant and safer shopping, with less pressure on public transport."

Mr Jenrick urged local councils to offer retailers "the greatest possible flexibility" when determining trading hours. Shops and supermarkets would also be given more leeway over stock delivery times he said, to keep the roads clearer during the day.

Shoppers have turned to online purchases, exacerbating a trend which was already putting pressure on some High Street chains.

Sir Philip Green s retail empire Arcadia, which includes Topshop, Burton and Dorothy Perkins, is likely to enter administration within the next 24 hours, putting 13,000 jobs at risk.

Arcadia is far from the only recent casualty in the retail sector - although it could be the biggest.

Earlier this month, fashion chains Peacocks and Jaeger were placed into administration after owner Edinburgh Woollen Mill Group failed to find a buyer.

Thousands of retailing jobs have also been lost at other businesses. Sainsbury s announced recently that with the closure of 420 Argos outlets and all meat, fish and deli counters.
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