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Closing certain businesses and venues in England

By July 22, 2020National News

Updated 5th November to reflect new restrictions

The following businesses and venues that provide goods for sale or hire are permitted to remain open, including if they operate from an outdoor market stall, or at a defined concession within a shopping centre:

  • Food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corner shops. This also includes fresh food retailers (such as butchers, bakers, greengrocers, fishmongers, and delicatessens)
  • Off licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol
  • Pharmacies (including non-dispensing pharmacies) and chemists
  • Newsagents
  • Hardware (such as tools, builders’ hardware, paint and glass) stores, building merchants and building services
  • Petrol stations, car repair shops, bicycle shops and MOT services. Other vehicle repair can also go ahead at these venues.
  • Car parks and motorway service areas
  • Taxi or vehicle hire businesses
  • Banks, building societies, credit unions, short term loan providers, savings clubs, cash points and undertakings which by way of business operate currency exchange offices, transmit money (or any representation of money) by any means or cash cheques which are made payable to customers
  • Post offices
  • Funeral directors
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health
  • Veterinary surgeons, animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and pet shops. Animal grooming facilities may also stay open but must only be used for the purposes of the animal’s welfare (and not for aesthetic purposes).
  • Garden centres and agricultural supplies shops. This does not include florists.
  • Storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop off or collection points, where the facilities are in the premises of a business allowed to remain open. For example, you can return an order to a drop box in a supermarket or drop it off for collection in a newsagents. Deliveries of supplies can also go ahead for premises that are otherwise required to close by law.

Businesses that provide services (rather than goods) – such as accountants, solicitors, and estate agents – are not required to close, unless listed in section 2 below (Businesses subject to restrictions). These businesses should take steps to ensure they are COVID-19 Secure including, where possible, providing services remotely or virtually.


For more information go to the Government website 

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