The government has updated its information on guidance on the closure of businesses and premises and for those that are currently allowed to remain open.
Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with guidance. Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.
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).
Parks will remain open but only for individuals and households to exercise once a day. Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed.
Businesses and premises that must remain closed and exceptions:
Food and drink
Restaurants and public houses, wine bars or other drinking establishments, or other food and drink establishments including within hotels and members’ clubs
Food delivery and takeaway can remain operational and can be a new activity supported by the new permitted development right. This covers the provision of hot or cold food that has been prepared for consumers for collection or delivery to be consumed, reheated or cooked by consumers off the premises. Food delivery and takeaway can remain operational (and as above).
Cafés and canteens: Cafés and canteens at hospitals, police and fire service places of work, care homes or schools; prison and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless. Where there are no practical alternatives, other workplace canteens can remain open to provide food for their staff and/or provide a space for breaks. However, where possible, staff should be encouraged to bring their own food, and distributors should move to takeaway. Measures should be taken to minimise the number of people in the canteen / break space at any one given time, for example by using a rota.
Retail: All retail including hairdressers, barbers, beauty and nail salons, including piercing and tattoo parlours, Auction Houses
• Medical services (such as dental surgeries, opticians and audiology clinics,
physiotherapy clinics, chiropody and podiatry clinics, and other professional
vocational medical services)
• Petrol stations
• Bicycle shops
• Pharmacies and chemists, including non-dispensing pharmacies
• Hardware shops and equipment, plant and tool hire
• Veterinary surgeries and pet shops
• Corner shops and newsagents
• Off-licences and licenced shops selling alcohol, including those within breweries
• Laundrettes and dry cleaners
• Post Offices
• Vehicle rental services
• Car garages and repair shops
• Car parks
• High street banks, building societies, short-term loan providers, credit unions and
• Storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop off points
• Public toilets
• Shopping centres should stay open if they contain units which are not required
• Indoor and outdoor market stalls which offer essential retail, such as grocery and
Non-residential institutions: Libraries, Community centres, youth centres and similar, Places of worship
Digital library services and no-contact Home Library Services should continue. For the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks, homeless services, and blood donation sessions. Public venues that host blood donation sessions can continue to open temporarily for these services only.
Funerals, where the congregation is immediate family (with provision for a Carer, if required) or a friend – in the case that no family members are attending. A distance of 2 metres is to be maintained between every household group, as per Public Health England guidelines.
A minister of religion, may go to their place of worship to broadcast an act of worship, whether over the internet or otherwise. For the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public service, such as food banks, homeless services, and blood donation sessions
Assembly and leisure: Museums and galleries; Nightclubs; Cinemas, theatres and concert halls; Bingo halls, casinos and betting shops; Spas and massage parlours; Skating rinks; Fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres; Arcades, bowling alleys, soft play centres and similar and Funfairs.
Small group performances for the purposes of live streaming could be permissible where Public Health England guidelines are observed and no audience attend the venue. Leisure centres may stay open for blood donation sessions.
Outdoor recreation – Playgrounds, sports courts and pitches, and outdoor gyms or similar. These premises and other venues must close as they involve prolonged close social contact, which increases the chances of infection spreading
Providers of funeral services such as funeral directors and funeral homes conducting funerals may remain open, subject to Public Health England guidelines as mentioned in the table above.