Which shops and businesses must close?
Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed the nation on Monday 24th March at 8.30pm to make the announcement. All non-essential retail shops and businesses must now close. More detailed information can be found here, including a full list of those businesses and other venues that must close, but they include:
- clothing and electronics stores
- hair, beauty and nail salons
- outdoor and indoor markets, excluding food markets
- libraries, community centres, and youth centres
- indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities.
- communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms
- places of worship, except for funerals attended by immediate families
- hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for commercial/leisure use (excluding permanent residents and key workers).
Which shops and businesses can stay open?
- supermarkets, food shops and newsagents
- petrol stations
- laundrettes and dry cleaners
- pet shops
- bicycle shops
- post offices and banks.