ENGLAND is currently in the middle of its third national lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis, but
Some shops are allowed to stay open during the latest coronavirus lockdown – the third national one in England.
All businesses that are deemed non-essential must closed and schools will stay shut until at least February half term.
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Covid restrictions have been tightened again at the start of the yearCredit: Reuters
The tighter restrictions come as the spread of the new strain of COVID-19 has led to “rapidly escalating case numbers across the country”, according to a No10 spokesperson.
And the Covid threat level has been moved into its highest level for the first time ever.
But as restrictions ramp up, what businesses and shops can still stay open? Here’s the full list:
Which essential shops can open?
Essential retailers – for instance those that sell food, medicine or building supplies – have been allowed to stay open throughout the third lockdown.
But there are rumours that restrictions could be tightened further still, with businesses such as estate agents potentially in line for closure but so far, tighter rules are just hearsay.
For now, here’s the full list of ‘essential’ businesses which the government has ruled CAN stay open.
- Garden centres
- Building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences
- Market stalls selling essential retail
- Businesses providing repair services but only if they primarily offer repair services
- Petrol stations
- Automatic (but not manual) car washes
- Vehicle repair and MOT services
- Bicycle shops
- Taxi and vehicle hire businesses
- Banks and building societies
- Post offices
- Short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses
- Funeral directors
- Laundrettes and dry cleaners
- Medical and dental services
- Vets and pet shops
- Animal rescue centres, boarding facilities, and animal groomers
- Agricultural supplies shops
- Mobility and disability support shops
- Storage and distribution facilities
- Car parks
- Public toilets
- Motorway service areas
- Outdoor playgrounds
- Outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
- Places of worship
- Crematoriums and burial grounds
What about non-essential shops?
Non-essential shops and businesses must close – but they are still allowed to operate click and collect and home delivery services.
This includes shops that only sell clothing, toys or homeware.
If you shop online, keep in mind there may be delays to deliveries as many firms struggle to fulfil a rise in online orders.
Pubs won’t be able to serve takeaway pints under new rules, but you can still get your drink delivered.
You can still get a Maccies for dinner during lockdown – but there are some major changes to how you can get your food this time.
If you’re not sure what the third lockdown means, or what the rules are, check out our guide.
And if you’re desperate to know when you can get your Covid jab, here’s the online calculator you can use which will give you a clue.