ALL non-essential shops have been ordered to close from Thursday as England goes into a four-week national lockdown.
Like last time, some stores will be allowed to remain open because they are considered to be essential.
The strict new measures were announced 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 last time, schools and nurseries will remain open so children can continue to get their education.
These are the shops that are allowed to stay open during the four-week national lockdown:
What shops will remain open?
Supermarkets will be allowed to remain open as usual so shoppers can still get hold of their groceries.
When making the announcement, the Prime Minister assured viewers that the lockdown wouldn’t affect supply chains so there’s no need to stockpile.
Supermarkets won’t have to follow the Welsh example of fencing off non-essential goods either.
Banks and Post Offices will stay open as well, so customers will be still be able to manage their finances.
In general, shops can stay open for delivery and click-and-collect purposes only.
The government has published a short list of all the stores that are allowed to stay open over the next month.
It is largely the same as the list of those who were allowed to stay open during the March lockdown. These include:
- Takeaways, food deliveries and food shops
- Health shops
- Medical services, such as dentists
- Pet shops
- Hardware stores
- Garden centres
- Retail shops in hospitals
- Petrol stations
- Bicycle shops
- Laundrettes and dry cleaners
- Banks, building societies
- Short-term loan providers, credit unions and cash points
- Storage and distribution centres
- Post Offices
- Car rental services and car parks near vital services such as supermarkets
- Public toilets
- Car garages and repair shops
- Food banks and shelters
- Hotels, hostels and other accommodation (for work purposes only)
What shops and businesses will have to close?
Shops that aren’t considered essential are required to close from 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, although this time the government has banned takeaway of alcohol.
Gyms and other fitness centres will also close, even though they were the last to reopen after the previous lockdown.
These are the businesses that have to close until December 2:
- Non-essential shops, including electronics and clothing stores
- Hairdressers and nail salons
- Vehicle showrooms
- Travel agents
- Betting shops
- Auction houses
- Car washes
- Tobacco and vape shops
- Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities, such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms
- Swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges
- Dance studios,
- Stables and riding centres
- Soft plat centres
- Climbing walls,
- Arechery and shooting ranges
- Water and theme parks
- Theatres and concert halls
- Museums and galleries
- Bingo halls
- Adult gaming centres, casinos and arcades
- Zoos and other animal attractions
- Botanical gardens
- Hair, beauty and nail salons
- Tattoo and piercing parlours
- Massage parlours
- Tanning salons
- Non-medical acupuncture
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.