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Covid national lockdown: How does it affect businesses, venues and services?

5 January 2021

Covid national lockdown: How does it affect businesses, venues and services?

Boris Johnson has announced that England will enter a third national lockdown.

Having been moved into Tier 4 of the Government's Covid-19 restrictions last week, residents and businesses in Cheshire West and Chester may be wondering what the latest measures mean for their businesses, local venues and public services across the borough.

The latest national lockdown is expected to last until mid-February.

Businesses and venues which must now close include:

Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment) and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.

Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click-and-collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery.

Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites, except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where the person cannot return home, for providing accommodation or support to the homeless, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes.

Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, sports courts,fitness and dance studios, riding arenas at riding centres, climbing walls, and golf courses.

Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, water parks and theme parks.

Animal attractions (such as zoos, safari parks, aquariums, and wildlife reserves).

Indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open for outdoor exercise.

Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. These services should not be provided in other people’s homes.

Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities.

Businesses and venues 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.

Outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise.

Places of worship.

Crematoriums and burial grounds.

Public services

The majority of public services will continue and you will be able to leave home to visit them. These include:

The NHS and medical services like GPs and dentists. We are supporting the NHS to carry out urgent and non-urgent services safely, and it is vital anyone who thinks they need any kind of medical care comes forward and seeks help.

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.