Primark is set to reopen many of its stores later this month, representatives have confirmed.
The government is giving non-essential retailers the green light to trade from 15 June – and Primark is aiming to have its England outlets trading again from this date.
As many as 153 branches in England could be open again within the month.
Primark stores in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland, meanwhile, are expected to open in late June.
Social distancing measures, hand sanitiser stations, perspex screens and increased deep cleaning will be introduced at all stores in the post-lockdown climate.
COVID-19 has been costing the retail chain more than £650m per month, with all Primark revenue coming from in-person purchases (there is no e-commerce website).
In a statement, Primark owners Associated British Foods said: “As European governments have begun to ease restrictions on clothing retailing we have been able to reopen stores.
“Safety has been our highest priority in our detailed preparations to welcome our customers and employees back to stores. We are following government safety advice in all markets.
“Importantly, we will apply the valuable experience gained from more than 100 stores which are already open as we open the remainder of our estate, including stores across the UK.”