Following the Government’s announcement the majority of businesses have to close, except those deemed essential.
- Essential businesses that can stay open are:
- Supermarkets (excluding any cafes within them), convenience stores and corner shops
- Grocery markets – not including farmers markets, hot food markets or street food markets
- Local fresh food suppliers like butchers, fishmongers and bakeries
- Hot food takeaways – over the counter services only and not allowing an option to eat in
- Pharmacies/chemists and health food shops
- Dental surgeries, opticians, audiology, physiotherapy, chiropody and other professional vocational medical services – for urgent appointments only
- Veterinary clinics and pet shops
- Hardware and building supplies stores
- Retail services in hospitals
- Petrol stations, garages, and auto repair shops for urgent work only
- High street banks, credit unions and cash points
- Post offices
- Funeral directors, crematoriums and related
- Laundrettes and dry cleaners
- Storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop-off points
- Medical or storage services
- Public car parks in towns and cities near food takeaway services
- Public toilets
PLEASE NOTE: Businesses are operating social distancing policies. This limits the number of customers in the premises at any time. It also means that many have a 2 metre spacing between customers in the store. You may also need to wait outside, again maintaining the 2 metre spacing guidelines.
PLEASE NOTE: The first hour of operation for many store is reserved for the elderly, the vulnerable or for NHS. Please respect these restrictions.