Thousands of businesses in England are being forced to temporarily close again as the country enters its third national lockdown.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced the news in a televised address after a spike in the number of Covid-19 cases, including the fast-spreading new variant.
The rules will replace the tier system and are expected to last until the middle of February.
Chancellor Rishi Sunak is to announce a fresh business support package to help firms through the third lockdown, the Government has said.
Non-essential retailers can remain open for delivery and click-and-collect, while restaurants and pubs can still offer takeaway and delivery – but takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed.
Any business which breaches the rules will be subject to prohibition notices and potentially unlimited fines. The police will also have powers to enforce the law – including dispersing gatherings.
“I know how tough this is and how frustrated you are… but now, more than ever, we must pull together,” said Mr Johnson.
But which businesses are allowed to remain open during England’s third lockdown? BusinessLive takes a look.
Businesses which can remain open
- essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences
- market stalls selling essential retail may also stay open
- businesses providing repair services may also stay open, where they primarily offer repair services
- petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses
- banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses
- funeral directors
- laundrettes and dry cleaners
- medical and dental services
- vets and retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals
- animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and animal groomers (may continue to be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes)
- agricultural supplies shops
- mobility and disability support shops
- storage and distribution facilities
- car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas
- outdoor playgrounds
- Early years settings (including nurseries and childminders)
- Vulnerable children and children of critical workers can continue to use registered childcare, childminders and other childcare activities (including wraparound care)
- outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
- places of worship
- crematoriums and burial grounds
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The majority of public services will also continue and you will be able to leave home to visit them. These include:
- The NHS and medical services like GPs and dentists
- Jobcentre Plus sites
- courts and probation services
- civil registrations offices
- passport and visa services
- services provided to victims
- waste or recycling centres
- getting an MOT, if you need to drive when lawfully leaving home