Full list of 'essential shops' allowed to stay open in England from Thursday
2 November 2020, 10:19 | Updated: 2 November 2020, 18:36
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that all 'non-essential- shops' will be forced to close again under the second lockdown.
In a previous version of this article, we said that food banks and shelters would close. This is not the case and our article has been amended to reflect our mistake.
England has been plunged back into another lockdown from Thursday, with hundreds of thousands of shops, pubs and restaurants forced to close.
Boris Johnson announced the new measures on Saturday, warning that a failure to act quickly would be a ‘medical and moral disaster’ for the NHS amid a rise in coronavirus cases.
The prime minister said he was ‘truly, truly sorry’ for the impact on businesses which will not be able to open again from 00:01 on Thursday until at least December 2.
But what shops are allowed to stay open during lockdown and which will be forced to close? Here’s what we know…
What shops are allowed to stay open during lockdown?
The following shops were permitted to open during the first lockdown:
Pharmacies and health shops
Takeaways and food deliveries
Medical services such as dentists/opticians
Hotels, hostels and other accommodation - but only for those who have to travel for work purposes
Food banks and shelters
What shops will have to close during lockdown?
The following shops were not permitted to open during the first lockdown:
Hospitality and leisure facilities such as:
Water and theme parks
Golf courses and driving ranges
Stables and riding centres
Soft play facilities
Climbing walls and climbing centres
Museums and galleries
Adult gaming centres and arcades
Zoos and other animal attractions
Personal care facilities such as:
Hair, beauty and nail salons
Body and skin piercing services