UK: Garden centre closures 'disappointing and dispiriting' says retail chief

The First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's announcement that garden centres and homeware retailers are being removed from the list of essential retailers has come under fire from retailers' representatives.

It means garden centres and homeware stores will have to close from Boxing Day.

Garden centres were permitted to reopen at the end of May, the first sub-sector of retail to be allowed to re-open following the introduction of the national lockdown in late March.

The Scottish Retail Consortium said shops have taken "every mitigation possible to keep customers and staff as safe as possible".

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