Boxing Day is a bank holiday across the UK, giving many Britons an extra day off over the Christmas period. Over the years, a tradition has been sparked with shops offering Boxing Day sales for lucky shoppers.
However, the coronavirus pandemic has thrown up much uncertainty about Christmas events – and this includes the Boxing Day sales.
With crowds discouraged, many will be opting to stay at home and potentially shop online this year.
Over Christmas, lockdown rules will be relaxed slightly – with families able to create a Christmas bubble with up to three households for five days.
Between December 23 and December 27, families can come together for the festive period – without having to socially distance or adhere to strict lockdown rules.
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Marks and Spencer chief executive Steve Rowe said: “Throughout the pandemic, our colleagues have gone above and beyond to deliver for our customers and as we enter the busy festive season they are doubling down on their efforts once again to help our customers deliver the Christmas magic for their families and friends.”
Other stores have also opted to stay closed on Boxing Day.
Pet store chain Pets at Home has said it will not open on the bank holiday.
Home Bargains and Aldi, will both be closing stores on Boxing Day to give staff an extra day off.
DIY store Wickes will be closing their stores on Boxing Day too.
Wickes said it would shut 235 of its stores over Christmas for three days to say ‘Thank You’ to their more than 8,000 staff members.
Wickes stores will be shut on December 24, 25 and 26, 2020.
Express.co.uk will update this page when any more information is available on store closures.