Wednesday, November 04, 2020

The government has listed 21 places that can remain open during this second lockdown in England


• Food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corner shops.

• Off licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol (including breweries)

• Pharmacies (including non-dispensing pharmacies) and chemists.

• Newsagents

• Hardware stores

• Building merchants, and building services.

• Petrol stations

• Car repair and MOT services

• Bicycle shops


• Banks, building societies, credit unions, short term loan providers, savings clubs, cash points, undertakings which by way of business operate currency exchange offices, transmit money (or any representation of money) by any means or cash cheques which are made payable to customers.

• Post offices

• Funeral directors

• Laundrettes and dry cleaners

• Dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health

• Veterinary surgeons and pet shops

• Agricultural supplies shop

• Storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop off or collection points, where the facilities are in the premises of a business included in this

• Car parks

• Public toilets

• Garden Centres


Prime Minister Boris Johnson last night set the scene for a second London lockdown, with the Government’s new restrictions likely to be in place from Thursday.

Johnson, who earlier resisted calls for a nationwide strengthening of restrictions to curb surging coronavirus cases, last night reiterated the Government’s “stay at home” messaging from the first lockdown.

There are differences between the first UK-wide lockdown of the Spring and what will likely come into effect from Thursday.

So what do the new restrictions mean for Londoners?

* Stay at home: In a bid to cut person-to-person interaction (and, therefore, virus transmission) people across London and the rest of England are being urged to stay at home.

* Work from home: Unless you cannot do your job from your home, such as in construction.

* All non-essential retail to close: Supermarkets will stay open and the Prime Minister warned there is no need to panic-buy.

* Thousands of Londoners are expected stay on or go back on furlough, after the Prime Minister extended it until 30 November.

* Pubs, bars and restaurants to close: Outlets can operate delivery and takeaway options, but not for takeaway alcohol.

* Leisure and personal care businesses will close. This includes, gyms, swimming pools, cinemas and beauty salons.

* Schools and universities in the capital will stay open.

* Meeting indoors will not be allowed, but you can meet one other person from another household outside publicly.

* Business trips will be allowed but all other overnight stays and holidays will not be allowed.

* Non-essential travel banned, whether private or public transport.

* Unlimited outdoor exercise: Unlike the first lockdown, Londoners will not be limited to once-a-day exercise.

* Places of worship will remain open for individual, funerals will be be allowed only for close family and weddings will be allowed only in exceptional cases

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