On 23 March, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a nationwide lockdown and ordered all non-essential businesses to close.
Supermarkets, food shops, pharmacies and other essential businesses are allowed to remain open, and restaurants can continue to provide take-out services. The UK Government has issued guidance on what businesses must close here.
On 10 May, the Prime Minister provided the 'first sketch of a roadmap' suggesting how the UK will exit its current lockdown. From 1 June, outdoor markets, car showrooms and garden centres can reopen if they are able to meet the safety guidelines as set out by the government. All other non-essential retail including clothing shops and bookstores can reopen from 15 June.
COVID-19 is negatively impacting the UK logistics sector, with the industry concerned over providing services, business planning and continuing to make revenue.