PRIMARK has revealed its plans for reopening stores following the coronavirus lockdown.
The high street fashion chain has been shut since January 4, when the third lockdown forced all non-essential stores to close.
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But in good news for shoppers, Primark will soon be reopening its doors – as long as it’s safe to do so.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson unveiled his roadmap for lifting lockdown this week and getting the country back to normal.
Clothes and homeware retailers are among those that will be able to open their doors again in April, again providing coronavirus infection rates continue to fall.
Primark has 189 shops across the UK.
Here's what we know so far about when its stores will reopen.
Timeline for businesses reopening after lockdown
PRIME Minister Boris Johnson has outlined his roadmap for easing England out of lockdown.
Businesses will be allowed to reopen on the following dates, as long as the "four steps to freedom" are met. Here's what we know so far:
- Hospitality outdoors
- Self-catered staycations with one household
- Indoor hospitality
- Indoor exercise gyms
- Bingo halls
- Sports stadiums to reopen but capped to 10,000 fans
When will Primark reopen?
Primark is planning to reopen its 153 stores in England on April 12.
It then plans on reopening its 20 shops in Scotland on April 26, its owner ABF revealed in a trading statement today.
Wales Online reports that stores in Wales could reopen from April 12.
Primark hasn't said if shops will operate under reduced opening times.
When the high street favourite opened its doors again after the last lockdown lifted in December, some Primark stores were open for 24 hours.
To find your nearest Primark store you can use its locator tool.
Will shopping at Primark be different when stores reopen?
Non-essential retailers, including Primark, have to make their businesses “Covid-secure” before reopening.
This includes making sure people can keep a safe distance from one another, and staggering shift times.
In other words, shoppers should expect a number of changes when Primark stores reopen.
This previously included every other till being closed, perspex screens at checkouts and restrictions on customer numbers – which meant you had to queue to get inside.
Primark stores also had marshals on doors to monitor customer numbers and there were extra cleaning regimes in place.
The Sun has rounded up all the changes here.
Primark said it'll keep last year's measures under review to ensure staff and customers are safe in its stores when they reopen.
Will there be a Primark sale?
Unfortunately, fashion fans may be disappointed to know Primark won't launch a sale when stores reopen.
A spokesperson told The Sun: "We have carefully reviewed our stock and we will follow our normal approach, which will mean no special sales or offers."
Primark didn't launch a sale when stores reopened in June either.
This was despite the retailer building up almost £2billion-worth of unsold stock during previous lockdowns, due to not selling clothes online.
The retailer has previously warned how its monthly sales have plummeted from £650million a month to nothing.
We explain when high street shops including Argos, H&M and Dunelm will reopen after lockdown.
Last time non-essential retailers opened up was after the second lockdown last year.
Stores reopened on December 2, 2020 and many had extended opening hours to make up for lost shopping time and ensure covid safety.
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