OUTDOOR markets in England are set to reopen from next Monday (June 5) as lockdown restrictions in the country begin to ease.
That's good news for a town like Leek in the Staffordshire Moorlands which is reeling from a major loss of high street income like many others.
The handbrake is also be released on car showrooms on the same day, which will bring relief to those motor dealers on the brink of going out of business.
Unless the coronavirus death figures do a sudden about turn from their present decline, Boris Johnson will confirm more easing of restrictions on retailers from June 15.
These include 'non-essential' shops like those selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books and electronics.
All businesses can only reopen, however, if they can meet the Covid-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said at yesterday's press conference: “We will set out our formal assessment of the five tests that we set for adjusting the lockdown later this week as part of the three-weekly review we are legally required to undertake by Thursday.
“But because of the progress we are making I can, with confidence, put the British people on notice of the changes we intend to introduce as we move to step two.”
Mr Johnson set out his plans for the staged reopening of shops in England at his Downing Street press conference yesterday.
Pictured: Leek outdoor market on Derby Street.