Which shops can remain open during second national lockdown? – The Sun

MANY shops across the England will close their doors from Thursday as we enter a new national lockdown that is expected to last four weeks. 

Just like the previous country-wide lockdown when coronavirus first hit, some stores will be allowed to remain open because they are considered to be essential – but what shops are they?

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The strict new measures were announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson over the weekend in a bid to curb new coronavirus infections, which are rising at an alarming rate. 

Britain passed one million Covid cases on Saturday after 21,915 more people tested positive for the bug.

But unlike the previous lockdown, schools and nurseries will remain open so children can continue to get their education and parents can still rely on childcare. 

The government has nor released the full details of the new lockdown rules.

These are the shops that are allowed to stay open during the four-week national lockdown.

What shops and businesses will remain open?

Supermarkets will be allowed to remain open as usual so shoppers can still get hold of their groceries, including food and household items like cleaning products and toiletries. 

When making the announcement, the Prime Minister assured viewers that the lockdown wouldn't affect supply chains so there's no need to stockpile items or buy more than you usually do.

Supermarkets won't have to follow the Welsh example of fencing off non-essential goods either.

Some of the supermarkets still have buying limits in place on some items and all of them have rules you should follow when going into stores, such as following social distancing signage and wearing a face covering, unless exempt.

We've rounded up the rules and restrictions for you so you can check be prepared when going shopping.

Banks and Post Offices will stay open as well, so customers will be still be able to manage their finances. 

In general, shops can only stay open for delivery and click-and-collect purposes. 

The government has published a short list of all the businesses that are allowed to stay open over the next month.

It is largely the same as the list of those which were allowed to stay open during the March lockdown. These include: 

  • Supermarkets
  • Newsagents
  • Convenience stores
  • Food markets
  • Corner shops
  • Takeaways and food deliveries
  • Off licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol (including breweries)
  • Pharmacies and chemists
  • Hardware stores
  • Building merchants and building services
  • Petrol stations
  • Car repair and MOT services
  • Bicycle shops
  • Taxi or vehicle hire businesses
  • Banks
  • Building societies
  • Credit unions
  • Short term loan providers
  • Savings clubs
  • Cash points
  • Currency exchanges
  • Money transfer shops
  • Post offices
  • Funeral directors
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Dental services
  • Opticians
  • Hearing services
  • Chiropody
  • Chiropractors
  • Osteopaths
  • Mental health services
  • Vets
  • Pet shops
  • Agricultural supplies shop
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Car parks
  • Public toilets
  • Garden centres
  • Retail shops in hospitals

What shops and businesses will have to close?

Shops that aren't considered essential are required to close from Thursday November 5. 

This includes stores that only sell clothes, electronics, books, gifts and homeware. 

All pubs, bars and restaurants in England have also been ordered to temporarily close for a second time. 

The hospitality industry is said to be "devastated" after leading industry trade body, UKHospitality, warned that another lockdown would force businesses to close.   

They will be allowed to continue operating for takeaways and deliveries of food.

And the government has confirmed that you can still get a takeway pint, but only if you have ordered in advance. 

The new rules initially indicated that the sale of alcohol by bars, pubs and restaurants for takeaway would not be allowed.

Gyms and other fitness centres will also close, even though they were the last to reopen after the previous lockdown lifted. 

These are the businesses that have to close until December 2:

  • Restaurants

  • Cafes, unless canteens or hospital kitchens

  • Pubs

  • Bars

  • Non-essential shops
  • Social clubs

  • Cinemas

  • Theatres

  • Nightclubs

  • Bingo halls

  • Concert halls

  • Museums

  • Galleries

  • Casinos

  • Betting shops

  • Spas

  • Nail shops

  • Beauty salons

  • Hair salons

  • Barbers

  • Tanning salons

  • Massage parlours

  • Strip clubs

  • Hostess bars

  • Tattoo and piercing studios

  • Skating rinks

  • Dance studios

  • Fitness studios

  • Gyms

  • Sports courts

  • Swimming pools (outdoors and indoors)

  • Bowling alleys

  • Amusement arcades

  • Playgrounds or soft play areas

  • Circuses, funfairs and fairgrounds

  • Theme parks and adventure parks

  • Outdoor sports centres or amenities, including water sports, stables, shooting and archery, gold courses, driving ranges, outdoor gyms and water parks

  • Outdoor markets (apart from livestock and those selling food)

  • Car showrooms

  • Auction houses

  • Model villages

  • Visitor attractions at film studios

  • Aquariums 

  • Zoos

  • Safari parks

  • Farms

  • Indoor attractions

  • Conference centres and exhibition halls


Support groups, such as those for victims of crimes, people in drug and alcohol recovery, and new parents, will be allowed to continue. 

Job Centre Plus sites, courts and civil registration offices will also stay open.

Anyone breaking the rules will be liable for fines from at least £30 – and up to £1,000.


What else did Boris Johnson announce?

Other measures announced by Mr Johnson include:

  • Pubs and restaurants will shut but will be allowed to do takeaways and deliveries
  • Nurseries and schools are to remain open
  • International travel will be banned – except for work
  • No overnight stays and internal UK-wide travel is set to be discouraged
  • All non-essential retail will close, but supermarkets will be able to sell any and all goods they like
  • There will be a nationwide ban on people mixing indoors – except for childcare
  • People will be allowed to exercise outdoors
  • Furlough extension during lockdown

How long will the second national lockdown last?

The new measures will last for a month. It will begin on November 5 and last until December 2, when it will be reviewed. 

However, there is already speculation that the measures will last even longer than planned. 

Rishi Sunak today said he only "hopes" the national shutdown can end on December 2 – as minister warned "all bets are off".

And TV's Dr Hilary has this morning warned it's inevitable the second coronavirus lockdown will be extended in December.

The government hopes to revert back to the localised tiered lockdown system depending on the rates of infection in December. 

Britain faced twice as many Covid deaths as first peak without national lockdown, claims Sir Patrick Vallance

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