The second lockdown has meant that many types of businesses across Leicestershire and beyond have had to close their doors once more, in a bid to reduce social contact.
This includes retailers classed as ‘non-essential’.
The question is, which shops are essential and which are not?
Can you visit a pet shop? Are you allowed to go to a garden centre? Are off-licences still open?
Well, according to the Government website, these are the non-essential retail businesses that have to remain closed during lockdown:
These venues can continue to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.
In addition to the above retail businesses, hospitality venues such as pubs and restaurants (with the exception of providing takeaways) accommodation such as hotels, leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, entertainment venues such as theatres and cinemas, and personal care facilities such as hair and nail salons, have had to close.
Community centres, libraries and places of worship have also had to close, except for a limited number of exempt activities.
Other businesses and venues are permitted to stay open, following Covid-19 secure guidelines. This includes those providing essential goods. Here are the ‘essential’ retailers and other services that can stay open during lockdown:
Essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, hardware stores, building merchants and off-licences.
Petrol stations, car 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
Storage and distribution facilities
Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas
The majority of public services are continuing (such as medical services and waste or recycling centres) and you can leave home to visit them.
The current measures are in place until December 2, when they will be reviewed.