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Shops allowed to continue trade under new lock-down measures


Businesses allowed to reopen – and those which must stay shut – updated 19.05.2020

Guidance on the closure of all retailers that sell non-essential goods and other non-essential premises, as part of further social distancing measures has been updated to include additional details to the list of businesses and premises that must remain closed. Guidance has also been added on work carried out in people’s homes. The guidance is available here.

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).


Shops up and down the country are being forced to shut their doors following last night’s Government-imposed lockdown in a bid to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Boris Johnson last night (March 23) announced that Brits will only be able to shop for essential items such as food, and all non-essential traders and services must close for the at least three weeks.

The list of shops and services allowed to continue trade are:

  • Supermarkets
  • Pharmacies
  • Vets
  • Newsagents
  • Pet shops
  • Retail shops in hospitals
  • Petrol stations
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Hardware shops and equipment, plant and tool hire
  • Agricultural supplies shops
  • Undertakers
  • Banks
  • Bicycle shops
  • Post Offices
  • Health food stores
  • Off licences and licensed shops selling alcohol, including those within breweries

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