Coronavirus: The shops and businesses allowed to stay open during England lockdown

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With England set to go into lockdown on Thursday, the government has unveiled legislation governing which shops and businesses will be allowed to stay open.

Until 2 December, people will be urged to stay at home, while household mixing will be banned.

Non-essential retail will close, but according to new regulations these firms will be allowed to stay open:

  • Supermarkets, grocery stores and corner shops

  • Alcohol shops, including breweries

  • Dentists, opticians and audiology services

  • Chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths

  • Other medical services, including mental health

  • Newsagents and post offices

  • Garden centres

  • Hardware stores

  • Building stores and services

  • Petrol stations

  • Pharmacies and chemists

  • Car repair stores, MOT services and bike shops

  • Taxi and car hire businesses

  • Banks, building societies, credit unions and short-term loan providers

  • Savings clubs, cash points and currency exchange offices

  • Funeral directors

  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners

  • Vets and pet shops

  • Agricultural supplies shops

Storage and distribution places will stay open, including delivery drop off or collection points if they are inside a business that is allowed to keep running. Public toilets and carparks will also remain accessible.

And if you need a reminder, here are the businesses forced to shut - or stay closed - over the month-long lockdown:

  • Restaurants, bars and social clubs, including in hotels or members' clubs

  • Cafes, including workplace canteens except for certain places like schools, care homes and hospitals

  • Cinemas and theatres

  • Nightclubs, concert halls and dance halls

  • Gyms, dance studios, sports courts and swimming pools

  • Bowling alleys, amusement arcades, playgrounds and soft play areas

  • Casinos, bingo halls, betting shops and gaming centres

  • Museums and galleries

  • Spas and massage parlours

  • Nail, beauty salons, hair salons and barbers

  • Tanning salons

  • Sexual entertainment venues

  • Tattoo and piercing parlours

  • Skating rinks, water parks and adventure activities

  • Outdoor markets, except for livestock and selling food