Britain is now in lockdown, and all non-essential businesses must close.
What are the four reasons that Britons can leave their homes?
- shopping for basic necessities, as infrequently as possible;
- one form of exercise a day - for example a run, walk, or cycle - alone or with members of your household;
- any medical need, to provide care or to help a vulnerable person;
- travelling to and from work, but only where this is absolutely necessary and cannot be done from home
What stores will close? And what are the exceptions that will stay open?
- Restaurants - exceptions are food delivery and takeaway that can remain open
- Cafes, including workplace canteens - exceptions are food delivery and takeaway can remain operational. Cafés or canteens at hospitals, care homes or schools; prison and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless.
- Public houses
- Bars and nightclubs, including bars in hotels or members' clubs
- Hair, beauty and nail salons, including piercing and tattoo parlours
- Massage parlours
- All retail with notable exceptions - 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.
- Outdoor and indoor markets - exceptions are market stalls which offer essential retail, such as grocery and food.
- Auction houses
- Car showrooms
- Hotels, hostels, BnBs, campsites and boarding houses - exceptions are 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 - exceptions are 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 - 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 - exceptions are 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 concert halls - Live streaming of a performance by a small group could be permissible with social distancing observed.
- Museums and galleries
- Bingo halls, casinos and betting shops
- Skating rinks
- Fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres
- Arcades, bowling alleys, soft play centres and similar
- Enclosed spaces in parks, including playgrounds, sports courts and pitches, and outdoor gyms or similar
Last modified onWednesday, 25 March 2020 19:55
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