Here are the exceptions to the premises that must remain closed

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 23 March the government stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives. All businesses and premises outlined in the table below must now close.


Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with guidance on Friday 20 March. Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.


Employers who have people in their offices or onsite should ensure that employees are able to follow Public Health England guidelines including, where possible, maintaining a 2 metre distance from others, and washing their hands with soap and water often, for at least 20 seconds (or using hand sanitiser gel if soap and water is not available).


Parks will remain open but only for individuals and households to exercise once a day. Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed.


Food and Drink

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.


Food delivery and takeaway can remain operational (and as above).


Cafés and canteens at hospitals, police and fire service 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.


Markets

Market stalls which offer essential retail, such as grocery and food.


Retail

  • 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 non-dispensing pharmacies

  • Petrol stations

  • Bicycle shops

  • Hardware shops and equipment, plant and tool hire

  • Veterinary surgeries and pet shops

  • Corner shops and newsagents

  • Off-licences and licenced shops selling alcohol, including those within breweries

  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners

  • Post Offices

  • Vehicle rental services

  • Car garages and repair shops

  • 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

  • Public toilets

  • Shopping centres should stay open if they contain units which are not required to close.


Hotels

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.


Caravan Parks

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.


Libraries

Digital library services and no-contact Home Library Services should continue.


Community Centres

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.


Places of Worship

Funerals, where the congregation is immediate family (with provision for a carer, if required) or a friend - in the case that no family members are attending. A distance of 2 metres is to be maintained between every household group, as per Public Health England guidelines.


A minister of religion, to go to their 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.


Leisure Centres

Leisure centres may stay open for blood donation sessions.



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