Added on: 24th March, 2020 by O1
On 23 March the Government stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
All non-essential premises must now close. Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with guidance on Friday 20 March. Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.
Retail and public premises which remain open must:
• Ensure a distance of two meters between customers and shop assistants; and
• Let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not crowded.
• Queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open.
Food delivery and takeaway from cafes and restaurants can remain operational. Planning regulation will be changed to enable restaurants, cafes and pubs which do not currently offer delivery and hot food takeaway to do so. Those venues offering takeaway or delivery services must not include alcoholic beverages in this list if their license does not already permit.
All retailers must close with the following exceptions:
• Supermarkets and other food shops
• Health shops
• Pharmacies including non-dispensing pharmacies
• Petrol stations
• Bicycle shops
• Home and hardware shops
• Laundrettes and dry cleaners
• Car rentals
• Pet shops
• Corner shops
• Post offices
Hair, beauty and nail salons, including piercing and tattoo parlours must close.
Hotels must close, except for key workers who can continue to stay in hotels where required.
Fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres, arcades, bowling alleys, soft play centres and similar must all close, as must enclosed spaces in parks, including playgrounds, sports courts and pitches, and outdoor gyms.
Businesses and premises outlined above are told not to open for trade from close of trade 23 March 2020.
The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.