Government National Restrictions for businesses (05 November – 02 December 2020)

Businesses and venues which must close

To reduce social contact, the regulations require some businesses to close and impose restrictions on how some businesses provide goods and services. These include:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm; and not including alcohol), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks and theme parks. Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons, and tattoo shops, spas, massage clinics, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ homes
  • Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities as set out below Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services - for example for people who do not have it at home - and for click-and-collect
  • Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, for funerals or funeral commemorative events, to broadcast an act of worship, to provide essential voluntary services or urgent public support services, for registered childcare, and to host permitted gatherings.

These businesses and places are permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities, including:

  • Education and training (for schools to use sports, leisure and community facilities where that is part of their normal provision)
  • Childcare purposes and supervised activities for children (in community centres and halls, and places of worship; and supervised activities for children in indoor sports and leisure facilities)
  • Hosting blood donation sessions and food banks (in community centres and halls, places of worship, and libraries)
  • To provide medical treatment
  • Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services - for example for people who do not have it at home - and for click-and-collect
  • For elite sports persons to train and compete (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities), and professional dancers and choreographers to work (in fitness and dance studios)
  • For training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)
  • For the purposes of professional film and TV filming (in retail, entertainment and leisure venues, as well as visitor attractions)

Businesses and venues which can remain open

Other businesses and venues are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 Secure guidelines. This includes those providing essential goods, including:

  • Food retailers, including markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corner shops.
  • Off licences and licensed shops selling alcohol, including breweries
  • Pharmacies including non-dispensing and chemists
  • Newsagents
  • Hardware stores
  • Building Merchants and Building Services
  • Petrol Stations
  • Car repair and MOT
  • Bicycle shops
  • Taxi or vehicle hire business
  • Banks
  • Building Societies
  • Credit Unions
  • Short Term Loan Providers
  • Savings Clubs
  • Cash Points
  • Currency Exchange Offices and those that transmit money.
  • Post Offices
  • Funeral Directors
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Dental Surgeries
  • Opticians
  • Audiology Services
  • Chiropody
  • Chiropractors
  • Osteopaths
  • Any other medical or health services including those for mental health
  • Vets
  • Pet Shops
  • Agricultural Supply Shops
  • Storage facilities – including Amazon Lockers and Drop off Points.
  • Car Parks
  • Public Toilets
  • Garden Centres
  • Auction Houses where selling livestock or agricultural equipment.
  • Outdoor Markets selling food, livestock, or any of the above services.
  • Canteens in hospitals, schools, care homes, criminal justice accommodation, air force & military accommodation and canteens providing food for the homeless.
  • Workplace canteens where there is no practical alternative for staff to provide food.


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