Stay at home, protect our NHS and save lives – that was the message last night, but in the bright light of day, what does it mean to businesses and services?
After last night’s announcement, you’re probably wondering what it all means. Essential services will be maintained, but what counts as essential – what will be open and what will be closed? We’re going to lay it out for you, but remember, even though some shops and services are still open, you need to practice social distancing and stay in as much as possible to help slow the spread of the virus.
Food & Drink. Restaurants and cafes will remain closed, but they can continue to offer takeaway services – this includes collection services, but food cannot be consumed on-site. Cafes and canteens in hospitals will remain open as usual, services providing food to the homeless will too. Pubs, bars and nightclubs will remain closed.
Retail. All shops will close except supermarkets, food shops, off-licences (and shops selling alcohol, including brewery taps), health shops, pharmacies, petrol stations, bicycle shops, home and hardware shops, laundrettes and dry cleaners, garages, car rentals, pet shops, corner shops, newsagents, post offices and banks. Indoor and outdoor markets will remain open, but all non-essential stalls must close.
Hospitality. Hotels, hostels, BnBs, campsites and boarding houses will remain open, but only for key workers or people whose primary residence isn’t available. Caravan parks and sites will only be open to people who live there permanently or whose primary residence isn’t available.
Community services. Libraries will now close without exception. Community and youth centres will close too, but can continue to host voluntary and public services like food banks and homeless services.
Entertainment. Cinemas, theatres and concert halls will remain closed, but will be allowed to live stream performances by small groups as long as social distancing measures are observed. Museums, galleries, bingo halls, casinos, betting shops, arcades, bowling alleys, soft play centres and anything similar will close without exception.
Health & beauty. Hair, beauty and nail salons, including piercing, tattoo and massage parlours, will close. Fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools, indoor leisure centres and ice skating rinks will close.
Outdoor recreation. Playgrounds, sports courts and sports pitches, as well as outdoor gyms and social activity spaces will all close, but the parks themselves will stay open and you’re allowed to go out for one walk, run or cycle each day.