With nonessential retailers now given the green light by the Government to reopen on Monday June 15, one of the UK’s most famous shopping destinations is on the final countdown to getting back to business. In the West End – which incorporates Oxford Street, Regent Street, Bond Street – around 90 per cent of shops are expected to open their doors for the first time since mid-March on Monday morning.
‘We’re so desperate now to start getting back to some kind of normality,’ says Katie Thomas, Associate Director at New West End Company, which manages London’s biggest shopping district. ‘I completely understand the underlying fears of health and safety. We’ve spent so much time in the lockdown looking at this, which actually is not that long really for bringing in entirely unheard-of measures.’
Thomas is realistic in acknowledging that next Monday won’t spark a swift return to normality. ‘I think