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What can and can’t open in Preston and Lancashire during lockdown 3

Posted on - 5th January, 2021 - 4:16pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Health, Politics, Preston News, South Ribble News
A very quiet Preston city centre during the second national lockdown in November 2020 Pic: Tony Worrall
A very quiet Preston city centre during the second national lockdown in November 2020 Pic: Tony Worrall

With the country now in lockdown 3, people might be confused about what can and can’t open in Preston and South Ribble.

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The national lockdown rules are fairly similar to tier-4 restrictions.

However, we have compiled a list of what can and can’t open for the next month and a half.

What can’t open

  • Clothes shops
  • Homeware stores
  • Vehicle showrooms (apart from rental)
  • Betting shops
  • Tailors
  • Tobacco and vape shops
  • Electronic goods and mobile shops
  • Auction houses (apart from auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment)
  • Market stalls selling non-essential goods
  • Cafes
  • Restaurants
  • Pubs
  • Bars
  • Social clubs
  • Takeaways allowed until 11pm, click and collect and drive through also allowed
  • Hotels
  • Hostels
  • Guest houses
  • Campsites
  • They can stay open for support or accommodation for the homeless or for when it is essential for workers
  • Leisure centres
  • Gyms
  • Swimming pools
  • Sports courts
  • Fitness and dance studios
  • Riding arenas
  • Climbing walls
  • Golf courses
  • Theatres
  • Concert halls
  • Cinemas
  • Museums
  • Galleries
  • Casinos
  • Amusement arcades
  • Bingo halls
  • Bowling alleys
  • Skating rinks
  • Go-karting venues
  • Indoor play areas
  • Soft play centres
  • Inflatable parks
  • Trampolining centres
  • Circuses
  • Fairgrounds
  • Funfairs
  • Water parks
  • Theme parks
  • Animal attractions, such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums and wildlife reserves
  • Indoor attractions at outdoor attractions such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks
  • Hairdressers
  • Beauty shops
  • Tanning and nail salons
  • Tattoo parlours
  • Spas
  • Massage parlours
  • Body and skin piercing studios
  • Community centres
  • Community halls
  • Libraries can remain open for IT and digital services

Some of these businesses can be permitted to open for these reasons:

  • Education and training
  • Childcare purposes
  • Hosting blood donation sessions
  • Food banks
  • To provide medical treatment
  • For elite sports persons to train and compete
  • Professional dancers to choreograph
  • For training and rehearsals without an audience
  • For the purposes of TV and film

What can open

  • Food shops
  • Supermarkets
  • Pharmacies
  • Garden centres
  • Building merchants
  • Suppliers of building products
  • Off-licenses
  • Market stalls selling essential items
  • Businesses providing repair services
  • Petrol stations
  • Automatic car washes
  • Vehicle repair
  • MOT services
  • Bike shops
  • Taxi and vehicle hire services
  • Banks
  • Building societies
  • Post offices
  • Short-term loan providers
  • Money transfer businesses
  • Funeral directors
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical and dental services
  • Vets and retailers of products and food for upkeep and welfare of animals
  • Animal rescue centres , boarding facilities and animal groomers (for welfare, rather than aesthetic)
  • Agricultural supplies shop
  • Mobility and disability supply shops
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Car parks
  • Public toilets
  • Motorway service areas
  • Outdoor play areas
  • Outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
  • Places of worship
  • Crematoriums and burial grounds

The majority of public services will continue and you will be able to leave home to visit them. These include:

  • the NHS and medical services like GPs and dentists. We are supporting the NHS to carry out urgent and non-urgent services safely, and it is vital anyone who thinks they need any kind of medical care comes forward and seeks help
  • Jobcentre Plus sites
  • courts and probation services
  • civil registrations offices
  • passport and visa services
  • services provided to victims
  • waste or recycling centres
  • getting an MOT, if you need to drive when lawfully leaving home

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