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What Retail Shops can stay open during Lockdown?
The UK has recently entered its 3rd national lockdown, these levels of restrictions are similar to those offered by the first lockdown. This has been declared as a result of a new strain of coronavirus which has been shown to be a lot easier to spread, exactly how much more contagious it is, is still up for debate but scientists are working on studying this new strain which has shown to contain 17 differences from previous strains.
Whilst the lockdown has been put in place to avoid the NHS being completely overwhelmed by new admissions due to the new strain of COVID, what does this mean for the lives of the general public?
Well, the general government guidance states that, unless it is absolutely necessary, you are not to leave the house under any circumstances. This includes socialising, exercising or generally meeting with other people, you are permitted to go to work if it is essential, however if you are able to work from home then this is strongly encouraged.
As far as work is concerned, for many retail workers, their stores may be closed and so may not be able to work. The list of stores that will remain open are:
Takeaways and food deliveries
Off licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol (including breweries)
Pharmacies and chemists
Building merchants and building services
Car repair and MOT services
Taxi or vehicle hire businesses
Short term loan providers
Money transfer shops
Laundrettes and dry cleaners
Mental health services
Agricultural supplies shop
Storage and distribution facilities
Retail shops in hospitals
There are a lot of different types of stores that are also made to close, these generally consist of stores that are non-essential or stores that don’t sell items like food or drink. These would be:
Tattoo and piercing shops
Vehicle showrooms (except for rentals)
Tobacco and vape shops
Market stalls selling non-essential goods
Community centres (except for providing education and training)
Bars, pubs, cafes and restaurants are closed except for takeaway and delivery
Hotels, guest houses and B&Bs
Indoor play centres and areas, including inflatable parks and soft play centres and areas (other than for people who have a disability)
Trampolining parks (other than for elite athletes, people with a disability, supervised activities for children and for formal education or training purposes)
Indoor skating rinks (other than for elite athletes, professional dancers and choreographers, people with a disability, supervised activities for children and for formal education or training purposes)
Amusement arcades and adult gaming centres
Nightclubs and adult entertainment venues
Laser quests and escape rooms
Cinemas, theatres concert halls – other than drive-in events, broadcasting performances, training or rehearsal
Snooker and pool halls (other than for elite athletes)
Zoos, safari parks, and aquariums
Other animal attractions including farms
Water parks and aqua parks
Museums, galleries and sculpture parks
Outdoor sports venues such as gyms, tennis courts, golf courses
Botanical or other gardens, biomes or greenhouses
Theme parks, fairgrounds and funfairs
Adventure playgrounds and parks, including ziplining
Visitor attractions at film studios,
Heritage sites such as castles, stately homes or heritage railways
Landmarks including observation wheels and viewing platforms
And that is a definitive list of what will and won’t be open during lockdown 3. This may be updated in the future but as of the making of this video, all of this information is factually accurate.
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