British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that non-essential retail stores may reopen in England on April 12 after having been closed since Jan. 4 to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. Indoor leisure facilities such as gyms are also due to reopen on that date. Like in other countries, the retail lockdown has weighed heavily on sporting goods retailers, especially those that don’t have an efficient online operation. Frasers Group, the owner of multiple retail assets including Sports Direct and the House of Fraser chain of department stores, has reacted to the government’s announcement by saying that it will be taking an impairment charge of at least £100 million (€115m-$140m) for the second half of its financial year, ending in April, because of the “the length of this current lockdown, potential systemic changes to consumer behaviour, and the risk of further restrictions in future.”