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Coronavirus: These are all the shops that can stay open during lockdown

Retail premises must ensure a distance of two metres between customers and shop assistants

Andy Murrill

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Coronavirus: These are all the shops that can stay open during lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressing the nation last night

The Government has clarified which businesses can stay open during the UK-wide lockdown to stem the spread of coronavirus.

The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government published guidance last night after Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered all non-essential businesses and premises to shut.

Retail and public premises that remain open must ensure a distance of two metres between customers and shop assistants and allow people to enter a shop only in small groups.

The shops which can remain open are:

Supermarkets and other food shops
Health shops
Pharmacies, including non-dispensing pharmacies
Petrol stations
Bicycle shops
Home and hardware shops
Laundrettes and dry cleaners
Garages
Car rentals
Pet shops
Corner shops
Newsagents
Post offices
Banks

Online retail is 'still open and encouraged' and postal and delivery service will run as normal.

Although restaurants and cafés are closed, food delivery and takeaway can remain operational.

The guidance notes: "This means people can continue to enter premises to access takeaway services, including delivery drivers.

"Planning regulation will be changed to enable restaurants, cafés and pubs which do not currently offer delivery and hot food takeaway to do so.

Although restaurants and cafés are closed, food delivery and takeaway can remain operational.

The guidance notes: "This means people can continue to enter premises to access takeaway services, including delivery drivers.

"Planning regulation will be changed to enable restaurants, cafés and pubs which do not currently offer delivery and hot food takeaway to do so.

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