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Revealed: Which shops can stay open during lockdown

Written by on 3 November 2020

With England set to go into lockdown on Thursday, the government has unveiled legislation governing which shops and businesses will be allowed to stay open.

Until 2 December, people will be urged to stay at home, while household mixing will be banned.

Non-essential retail will close, but according to new regulations these firms will be allowed to stay open:

  • Supermarkets, grocery stores and corner shops
  • Alcohol shops, including breweries
  • Dentists, opticians and audiology services
  • Chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths
  • Other medical services, including mental health
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Dentists can keep seeing patients, unlike during the first lockdown
  • Newsagents and post offices
  • Garden centres
  • Hardware stores
  • Building stores and services
  • Petrol stations
  • Pharmacies and chemists
LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 06:  Members of the public walk past a branch of Boots the chemist on Oxford Street on August 6, 2014 in London, England. US pharmacy chain 'Walgreens', who previously owned 45% of 'Alliance Boots' has announced a 9 billion GBP purchase of the remaining shares in the company. Boots currently have 2,487 stores across the UK and employ over 60,000 people.  (Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images)
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Pharmacies and chemists are considered essential shops
  • Car repair stores, MOT services and bike shops
  • Taxi and car hire businesses
  • Banks, building societies, credit unions and short-term loan providers
  • Savings clubs, cash points and currency exchange offices
  • Funeral directors
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Vets and pet shops
  • Agricultural supplies shops

Storage and distribution places will stay open, including delivery drop off or collection points if they are inside a business that is allowed to keep running. Public toilets and carparks will also remain accessible.

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Some businesses are shutting their doors for good

And if you need a reminder, here are the businesses forced to shut – or stay closed – over the month-long lockdown:

  • Restaurants, bars and social clubs, including in hotels or members’ clubs
  • Cafes, including workplace canteens except for certain places like schools, care homes and hospitals
  • Cinemas and theatres
  • Nightclubs, concert halls and dance halls
  • Gyms, dance studios, sports courts and swimming pools
  • Bowling alleys, amusement arcades, playgrounds and soft play areas
  • Casinos, bingo halls, betting shops and gaming centres
Gyms can now reopen across Tier 3 areas in England
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Gyms will be forced to close yet again
  • Museums and galleries
  • Spas and massage parlours
  • Nail, beauty salons, hair salons and barbers
  • Tanning salons
  • Sexual entertainment venues
  • Tattoo and piercing parlours
  • Skating rinks, water parks and adventure activities
  • Outdoor markets, except for livestock and selling food