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.
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
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
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.