The Government has issued further guidance on which businesses and premises must remain closed and has confirmed that tradesmen can continue to carry out work in people’s homes.
Work carried out in people’s homes, for example by tradespeople carrying out repairs and maintenance, can continue provided that the tradesperson is well and has no symptoms. Public Health England guidelines, including maintaining a 2-metre distance from any household occupants, should be followed to ensure everyone’s safety.
No work should be carried out in any household which is isolating or where an individual is being shielded, unless it is to remedy a direct risk to the safety of the household, such as emergency plumbing or repairs, and where the tradesperson is willing to do so. In such cases, Public Health England can provide advice to tradespeople and households.
No work should be carried out by a tradesperson who has coronavirus symptoms, however mild.
Businesses and premises that must remain closed
• All retail with notable exceptions (see below)
• Restaurants, public houses, wine bars or other drinking establishments
Food delivery and takeaway can remain operational and can be a new activity supported by the new permitted development right. This covers the provision of hot or cold food that has been prepared for consumers for collection or delivery to be consumed, reheated or cooked by consumers off the premises.
• Cafes and canteens
Cafés and canteens at hospitals, care homes or schools; prison and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless can remain open. Where there are no practical alternatives, other workplace canteens can remain open to provide food for their staff and/or provide a space for breaks. However, where possible, staff should be encouraged to bring their own food, and distributors should move to takeaway.
• Nightclubs and bars in hotels or members’ clubs
• Hairdressers, barbers, beauty and nail salons including piercing and tattoo parlours
• Massage parlours
• Outdoor and indoor markets and shopping centres
Market stalls which offer essential retail, such as grocery and food, can remain open. Shopping centres should stay open if they contain units which are not required to close.
• Auction houses
• Car showrooms
Garages and repair shops can remain open
• Hotels, hostels, B&Bs, campsites and boarding houses for commercial use
Where people live in these as interim abodes whilst their primary residence is unavailable they may continue to do so. Key workers, permanent residents, and non-UK residents who are unable to travel to their country of residence during this period can continue to stay in hotels or similar where required. People who are unable to move into a new home due to the current restrictions can also stay at hotels.
• Caravan parks/site for commercial uses
Where people live permanently in caravan parks or are staying in caravan parks as interim abodes where their primary residence is not available, they may continue to do so.
• Community centres, youth centres and similar
Except for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks, homeless services, and blood donation sessions.
• Places of worship
Funerals, where the congregation is immediate family (with provision for a carer, if required) or a friend – in the case that no family members are attending – can still take place. A minister of religion, to go to their place of worship, including to broadcast an act of worship to people outside the place of worship, whether over the internet or otherwise, is also permitted. Places of worship can remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public service, such as food banks, homeless services, and blood donation sessions.
• Cinemas, theatres and concert halls
Live streaming of a performance by a small group could be permissible where Public Health England guidelines are observed. Blood donation sessions would also be allowed to be held at these venues.
• Museums and galleries
• Bingo halls, casinos and betting shops
• Indoor skating rinks
• Fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools and other indoor leisure centres
• Arcades, bowling alleys, soft play centres and similar
• Enclosed spaces in parks including playgrounds, sports court, outdoor gyms and similar
Retail businesses that can open
• Supermarkets and other food shops
• Health shops
• Medical services
Such as dental surgeries, opticians and audiology clinics, physiotherapy clinics, chiropody and podiatry clinics and other professional vocational medical services
• Pharmacies and chemists
• Petrol stations
• Bicycle shops
• Hardware shops
• Veterinary surgeries and pet shops
• Corner shops and newsagents
• Off-licences and licensed shops selling alcohol, including those within breweries
• Laundrettes and dry cleaners
• All post offices
• High street banks, building societies, short-term loan providers, credit unions and cashpoints
• Storage and distribution facilities including delivery drop off points
• Public toilets
Takeaway and delivery facilities should remain open
People can continue to enter premises to access takeaway services, including delivery drivers. Businesses are encouraged to take orders online or by telephone, and businesses should not provide seating areas, indoors and outdoors, for customers to consume food and drink on. Ordering in advance is strongly encouraged to avoid waiting in, as per Public Health England guidelines.
Planning regulation has been changed to enable restaurants, cafés and pubs which do not currently offer delivery and hot food takeaway to do so. The legislation can be accessed online. People must not consume food or drinks on site at restaurants, cafés or pubs whilst waiting for takeaway food. Those venues offering takeaway or delivery services must not include alcoholic beverages in this list if their license does not already permit.