According to the government’s roadmap set out last month, all non-essential retail is allowed to resume trading on that day.
The hardest hit by the crisis may not reopen at all, though Debenhams is looking to restart most of its 142 sites despite being in administration.
John Lewis Partnership will open only 13 of its 50 department stores in mid-June, pacing all others based on the performance of the first ones.
Other retailers such as Burberry Group PLC (LON:BRBY), Superdry PLC (LON:SDRY), Ted Baker PLC (LON:TED), Joules PLC (LON:JOUL), French Connection Group PLC (LON:FCCN) and Hotel Chocolat Group PLC (LON:HOTC) have not yet disclosed detailed plans.
Among those deemed as essential businesses, Pets at Home PLC (LON:PETS), which was allowed to offer limited amounts of products and services during lockdown, will be able to reinstate its full inventory.
Newsagent WH Smith PLC (LON:WHSM), which kept 333 UK stores located in hospitals and post offices during closures, is upbeat about a gradual restart and will open a new flagship store at Heathrow Airport in the second half of the year.
Discount retailer B&M European Value Retail SA (LON:BME), furniture shop SCS Group PLC (LON:SCS) and bike parts seller Halfords PLC (LON:HFD) announced last week that all their stores in England were already trading.
Outdoor markets and car showrooms, such as Marshall Motor Holdings Plc (LON:MMH) and Motorpoint PLC (LON:MOTR), will be able to be operational from June 1 if they meet the requirements, since the risk of transmission of the virus is lower in larger spaces.