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Garden centres open: Are garden centres open today?

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Garden centres open: Are garden centres open today?

Garden centers closed during the coronavirus blockade in the UK, as authorities considered the stores "non-essential". Now, the government is trying to ease some of the restrictive measures imposed on the country.

Are garden centers open today?

As the authorities considered garden centers to be non-essential, most stores had to close during the coronavirus blockade.

Earlier this week, the Welsh government announced that it would reopen garden centers as part of its plans to facilitate measures this week.

Welsh residents will be able to make use of the stores on Monday next week, while maintaining their rigid blocking conditions.

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Garden centers will remain closed in Wales and England until then, and Westminster will likely follow Wales' example.

The leaks suggest that Boris Johnson's "unlock" plan – which he will unveil on Sunday, May 10 – will allow stores to open again from next Wednesday.

The prime minister has yet to confirm whether that is the case.

While the move to reopen stores may seem strange to some, the industry is facing huge losses due to its time-limited stock.

Brett Avery, managing director of Far Plants, a West Sussex producer, told the Guardian that his store had lost about 5 million pounds in stock due to the blockage.

He said: "For us, the top three weekends of the season are the Easter weekend, which we missed, this bank holiday, which we obviously missed, and then the bank holiday weekend in May.

"If there is a relaxation and we can enjoy the last bank holiday, that would be fantastic.

"Even when they reopen, we are probably looking at 50% of the normal sales capacity [because of] the rules for people to come and go."

Tracey Crough, a former minister of solitude, said she believed the reopening of centers would bring health benefits.

She said: "Gardening and broader horticulture are often used as a means of improving physical and mental well-being, so it is not surprising that, with the right measures and good hygiene controls, many would like nurseries to reopen in soon ".

"It provides a small window of relief for all the bad news, which in itself is good for mental well-being."

The measure would also likely become popular with conservative voters, many of whom have gardens and live in rural constituencies.


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