Full list of businesses in Preston and South Ribble that have to close during lockdown 2

Posted on - 2nd November, 2020 - 9:42am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Politics, Preston News
Many ‘non-essential’ shops will close under new lockdown rules

Boris Johnson has ordered certain businesses and venues across England to close under new coronavirus lockdown rules.

On Saturday (31 October) the Prime Minister announced a second national lockdown, with strict measures in place.

It is hoped this will combat the number of coronavirus cases, which are rising rapidly.

Read moreMap shows latest Covid-19 infection rates for areas of Preston and South Ribble

The ‘circuit-breaker’ national lockdown begins Thursday, 5 November, and continues until Wednesday, 2 December.

In a press conference on Saturday night, Boris Johnson said the new measures were needed to stop the NHS being overwhelmed by coronavirus patients over winter.

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Under the new rules, the government has ordered certain businesses and venues to shut, although schools, colleges and universities will remain open, despite calls the National Education Union (NEU) for them to close.

Read more: Preston charity urges city to ‘Walk the Lights’ in support bubbles this year

Below is a full list of businesses which have to close and those that can stay open.

Businesses which have to close

All non-essential retail such as:

  • Clothing stores
  • Electronics stores
  • Vehicle showrooms
  • Travel agents
  • Betting shops
  • Auction houses
  • Tailors
  • Car washes
  • Tobacco and vape shops

Hospitality facilities such as:

  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Pubs

Indoor and outdoor leisure and sports facilities such as:

  • Bowling alleys
  • Leisure centres
  • Water and theme parks
  • 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

Entertainment venues such as:

  • Theatres
  • Concert halls
  • Cinemas
  • Museums and galleries
  • Casinos
  • Adult gaming centres and arcades
  • Bingo halls
  • Botanical gardens
  • Zoos and other animal attractions

Personal care facilities such as:

  • Hair, beauty and nail salons
  • Tattoo parlours
  • Spas
  • Massage parlours or massage clinics
  • Body and skin piercing services
  • Tanning salons
  • Non-medical acupuncture

Places of worship will also be closed unless they are being used for:

  • Funerals
  • Broadcasting acts of worship
  • Individual prayer
  • Formal childcare or where they are part of a school
  • Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
  • Other exempted activities such as some support groups

Businesses which can remain open

Essential retail such as:

  • Food shops
  • Supermarkets
  • Garden centres
  • Other retailers providing essential goods and services
Supermarkets will remain open as part of the month-long lockdown. Pic: Pixabay.

As well as:

  • Hotels, hostels and other accommodation- but only for those who have to travel for work purposes and for a limited number of other exemptions set out in law
  • Playgrounds

Public services will also remain open such as:

  • NHS and medical services like GPs.
  • Jobcentre Plus sites
  • Courts
  • Civil Registrations Offices

Non-essential retail can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.

Hospitality venues like restaurants, bars and pubs can still provide takeaway and delivery services, including after a late amendment to the government’s rules the take away sale of alcohol as long as it is pre-ordered.

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Some venues will be allowed to remain open for specific exempt activities, like childcare and support groups.

Support groups that are essential to deliver in person can continue with up to 15 participants where formally organised to provide mutual aid, therapy or any other form of support.

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