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Businesses permitted to remain open - 05/11/20

Details below in accordance with updates issued from the Government on 5th November. Always check for the latest details on the Government's website.

Essential Businesses

  • Food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores, corner shops. and fresh food retailers (e.g. butchers, bakers, greengrocers)

  • Off licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol

  • Pharmacies and chemists

  • Newsagents

  • Hardware stores, building merchants and building services

  • Petrol stations, car repair shops, bicycle shops and MOT services

  • Car parks and motorway service areas

  • Taxi or vehicle hire businesses

  • Banks, building societies, cash points

  • 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

  • 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.

  • Some businesses that provide services - such as accountants, solicitors, and estate agents - are not required to close.

Mixed Retail Businesses

  • A business selling a significant amount of essential retail may also continue to sell goods typically sold at non-essential retail. For example, a supermarket that sells food is not required to close off or cordon off aisles selling homeware.

  • Where a business selling essential retail has another, separate business embedded within it that is required to close, the embedded business must close. For example, an electronics business operating a concession within a supermarket must close, as would a bookshop business inside a garden centre.

  • Where a business has sufficiently distinct parts, and one section provides essential retail and one section provides non-essential retail, the non-essential sections should close to limit interactions between customers and the opportunity for the disease to spread. Sufficiently distinct sections might involve operating in separate buildings, across separate floors, a door between sections, using separate cashiers, or another clear demarcation between sections. For example a food shop may stay open, but a homeware section on a separate floor or separate building should close.

Read the full report which can be found HERE.


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