Shops can let you use changing rooms when they reopen from April 12 in England

SHOPS can let you use changing when they finally reopen from April 12 in England.

Customers will be allowed to try on clothes again – but shops will have to follow strict other rules to keep people safe.

It comes after Boris Johnson confirmed this evening that shops, gyms, hairdressers and pubs will reopen from April 12.

The PMvowed to stick to his roadmap out of lockdown with Covid case rates remaining low amid the success of the vaccine rollout.

Speaking at a Downing St press conference, Mr Johnson told the country: "The net result of your efforts and the vaccine rollout is I can today confirm that from Monday 12 April we will move to step two of our roadmap reopening shops, gyms, zoos, holiday camp sites, hairdressers and beer gardens, and outdoor hospitality of all kinds."

He added: "We set out our roadmap and we're sticking to it.

"We see nothing in the present data that makes us think we will have to deviate from that roadmap."

Guidance, released last week said that managers are advised to leave a gap of "several minutes" between customers and cubicles should be cleaned regularly.

Previously shops have been ordered to keep their changing rooms shut, after they reopened last summer.

But retailers have been calling for change amid fears people won't return tohigh streets and will continue shopping online.


Stores are advised to deploy a staff member to control entry to changing areas and allow only one person at a time into a cubicle, the new advice says.

But it stops short of saving that clothes should be quarantined before being put back out on the shop floor again.

The guidance says: "The enclosed nature of fitting rooms may result in increased risk of transmission of Covid-19. They should therefore be carefully managed to reduce that risk.

"Retail businesses should update their risk assessments for each premises where fitting rooms are being used."

A Government spokeswoman said: "We have set out our road map to reopen the economy and have recently published updated safer workplace guidance having worked closely with retailers, trade unions and medical experts so that businesses can reopen in a way that is as safe as possible for workers and customers."

So far most shops haven't confirmed whether they will reopen fitting rooms when they throw open their doors again on April 12.

Non-essential businesses are finally allowed to return with customers allowed inside from this date.

Pubs and restaurants will also be allowed to finally serve hungry Brits again – but only outside for now.

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