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.


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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