As a country, we all need to do what we can to reduce the spread of coronavirus. That is why the government has given clear guidance on self-isolation, staying at home and away from others, and asked that schools only remain open for those children who absolutely need to attend.
On March 23rd, the government stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives. All businesses and venues outlined below are allowed to remain open. In many cases, there are exceptions to why some shops and businesses are allowed to remain open.
Shops & businesses allowed to remain open:
- Supermarkets and other food shops
- Medical services (such as dental
surgeries, opticians and audiology clinics, physiotherapy clinics, chirpody and podiatry clinics, and other professional vocational medical services)
- Pharmacies and chemists, including nondispensing pharmacies
- Petrol stations
- Bicycle shops
- Hardware shops and equipment, plant and tool hire
- Veterinary surgeries and pet shops
- Agricultural supplies shops
- Corner shops and newsagents
- Off-licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol, including those within breweries
- Laundrettes and dry cleaners
- Post Offices
- Vehicle rental services
- Car garages and MOT services
- Car parks
- High street banks, building societies,
short-term loan providers, credit unions and cash points
- Storage and distribution facilities,
including delivery drop off points where they are on the premises of any of the above businesses
- Public toilets
- Shopping centres may stay open but only units of the types listed above may trade
Guidance for cafes & canteens:
Food delivery and takeaway can remain operational.
Cafés and canteens at hospitals, police and fire services’ places of work, care homes or schools; prison and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless.
Where there are no practical alternatives, other workplace canteens can remain open to provide food for their staff and/or provide a space for breaks. However, where possible, staff should be encouraged to bring their own food, and distributors should move to takeaway. Measures
should be taken to minimise the number of people in the canteen / break space at any one given time, for example by using a rota.
Guidance for restaurants, public houses & wine bars:
Food delivery and takeaway can remain operational and can be a new activity supported by the new permitted development right. This covers the provision of hot or cold food that has been prepared for consumers for collection or delivery to be consumed, reheated or cooked by consumers off the premises.
Guidance for hotels, hostels, B&Bs, holiday rentals, camp sites & boarding houses:
Where people live in these as interim abodes whilst their primary residence is unavailable, or they live in them in permanently they may continue to do so.
Key workers and non-UK residents who are unable to travel to their country of residence during this period can continue to stay in hotels or similar where required.
People who are unable to move into a new home due to the current restrictions can also stay at hotels.
Where hotels, hostels, and B&Bs are providing rooms to support homeless and other vulnerable people such as those who cannot safely stay in their home, through arrangements with local authorities and other public bodies, they may remain open.
Those attending a funeral will be able to use hotels when returning home would be impractical.
Hotels are allowed to host blood donation sessions.
Guidance for caravan parks & sites for commercial uses:
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.
Guidance for libraries:
Digital library services and those where orders are taken electronically, by telephone or by post (for example no-contact Home Library Services) may continue.
Guidance for community centres, youth centres & similar:
For the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks, homeless services, and blood donation sessions.
Public venues that host blood donation sessions can continue to open temporarily for these services only. A distance of two metres should be maintained as per Public Health England guidelines.
Guidance for places of worship:
Funerals in places of worship and crematoria, where the congregation are members of the deceased’s household or close family. In a case where no members of the deceased’s household or family members are attending, friends can attend. A distance of two metres should be maintained between every household group, as per Public Health England guidelines.
A minister of religion or worship leader may leave their home to travel to their place of worship. A place of worship may broadcast an act of worship, whether over the internet or otherwise.
For the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public service, such as food banks, homeless services, and blood donation sessions.
Guidance for fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools & indoor leisure centres:
These premises should close. Any suitable assembly or leisure premises may open for blood donation sessions.