On Sunday evening, Boris Johnson addressed the nation stating that the Government would be closing as many shops and businesses as possible until further notice in a bid to gain control of the Coronavirus pandemic.
It’s now been revealed what shops and businesses will still remain open despite the Government guidelines, and while you should 100% be staying inside your home dwellings as much as possible, here is where you are still allowed to go.
Only food stores, corner shops, hardware stores, chemists, petrol stations and newsagents are allowed to remain open during the lockdown.
Workplace canteens are to close alongside restaurants and cafes, however:
- Food delivery and takeaway can remain operational
- As can cafés or canteens at hospitals, care homes or schools; prison and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless.
- Supermarkets and other food shops, health shops, pharmacies including nondispensing pharmacies, petrol stations, bicycle shops, home and hardware shops, laundrettes and dry cleaners, bicycle shops, garages, car rentals, pet shops, corner shops, newsagents, post offices, and banks are allowed to continue service.
Markets that are either outdoor, or indoor are to be shut – however individual stalls which cater in offering essential items such as food and grocery-related products are able to continue.
- Market stalls which offer essential retail, such as grocery and food
Hotels, hostels, BnBs, campsites and boarding houses for commercial use are to stay shut, except:
- Where people live in these as interim abodes whilst their primary residence is unavailable they may continue to do so. Key workers can continue to stay in hotels or similar where required
Caravan parks/sites for commercial uses cannot operate apart from:
- Where people live permanently in caravan parks or are staying in caravan parks as interim abodes where their primary residence is not available, they may continue to do so
Community centres, youth centres and similar will be closed
- However, facilities may remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services. We will do everything to support vulnerable people who are without a network of friends and families.
Places of worship for services are not permitted to open, unless for:
- Funerals following the social distancing guidance; places of worship should remain open for solitary prayer.
- Live streaming of a service without audience would be permissible.
Cinemas, theatres and any halls where live performances may take place have been closed until further notice, although:
- Live streaming of a performance by a small group could be permissible with social distancing observed
While the world may seem like a scary and confusing place at the moment, this is only a temporary measure to ensure long-term healing for the economy. Keep yourselves safe and remember to keep your distance and keep your mental health a priority. The Prime Minister has given permission for at least one outside walk a day (as long as social distancing is maintained), so therefore make sure you get yourself outside with fresh air.
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