Welsh shops to reopen on 22 June, Scottish stores on 29 June and Northern Ireland hair salons on 6 July

Welsh shops to reopen on 22 June, Scottish stores on 29 June and Northern Ireland hair salons on 6 July
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Fri 19th Jun 2020

New lockdown easing measures announced this week include the reopening of most shops in Scotland on 29 June and hairdressers in Northern Ireland on 6 July.


Speaking in the Scottish parliament, first minister Nicola Sturgeon said the change applies to all shops with outdoor entrances and exits. A date has not yet been confirmed for the reopening of indoor shopping centres.

The Scottish government has also released new safety guidance for customers and Sturgeon called on retail businesses to work on making their shops safe by following government guidelines.

Other businesses allowed to reopen on 29 June in Scotland are indoor workplaces such as factories, warehouses, labs and research facilities as well as zoos and gardens which can welcome local customers from within five miles.

Northern Ireland

In Northern Ireland, deputy first minister Michelle O'Neill announced that hairdressers, barbers and nail salons can reopen in Northern Ireland on 6 July if appropriate safety measures in place.

Earlier this week, the Northern Ireland Executive also confirmed that caravan parks, camping sites and self-catering tourist accommodation can reopen on 26 June and the following can reopen on 3 July:

  • other tourist accommodation

  • restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, pubs and bars to sell food and alcohol on a table service basis. Pubs and bars with outside spaces can serve alcohol via table service

  • hotel restaurants, bars and outdoor areas, but not spas and leisure facilities at hotels

  • visitor attractions


The Welsh government has announced that non-essential retailers can reopen on 22 June.

Ministers also said that the current requirement to lift the requirement to stay local will be lifted on 6 July, provided the conditions allow, so people will be able to travel to tourist attractions across Wales.

At its next review on 9 July, the Welsh government said it will consider options for opening self-contained holiday accommodation and personal care services, such as hairdressing and beauty, by appointment.

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Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance content creator and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I have 18 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from billionaires like Sir Richard Branson to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community and have strong connections to major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 50 events; from intimate meet-ups to conferences with an audience of hundreds including events for international brands like Facebook and Xero. I'm also a big fan of podcasts having hosted Enterprise Nation's Small Business Sessions as well as lots of online events including Facebook Live interviews, webinars and three live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography. I'm here to help. I'm volunteering free advice calls of up to an hour as part of the Recovery Advice for Business scheme, over the next 6 months. Please get in touch to see how I can help your business. 

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