The Government has once again stepped up measures to help stop the spread of COVID-19 by introducing another nationwide lockdown with all non-essential premises to close from Thursday 5th November.
The rules will be in place throughout the majority of November from 12.01pm on 5th November until at least Wednesday 2nd December – but the Government could extend the lockdown beyond this point and in the final run-up to Christmas.
The following businesses and premises must close:
- Restaurants, bars, pubs and cafes – but takeaway and delivery service can continue (no alcohol)
- Hotels, hostels, B&Bs and holiday parks – should only open for those travelling for work purposes and limited other exemptions
- All non-essential retail including clothing stores, electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops
- Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities including bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks
- Entertainment venues including theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens;
- Personal care facilities including hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture and tanning salons.
- Places of worship for services – except funerals following the social distancing guidance; places of worship should remain open for solitary prayer. Live streaming of service without an audience would be permissible
Food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open.
Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect and, unlike March, playgrounds can also remain unlocked.
Further clarification on which business types must close and those that can remain open is due in the coming days. However, provisionally it is understood the following businesses can remain open:
- Takeaways and food deliveries
- Health shops
- Medical services – eg, 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 cashpoints
- 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
- Job Centres
- Civil Registrations Offices
Environmental Health and Trading Standards officers will monitor compliance with these regulations, with police support provided if appropriate. Businesses and premises that breach them will be subject to prohibition notices, and potentially unlimited fines.