Many businesses and venues must stay closed to help slow the spread of coronavirus. Planning regulation has been changed to let some restaurants, cafes and pubs offer delivery and takeaway services.

Businesses allowed to stay open include:

  • food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corner shops
  • off licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol (including breweries)
  • pharmacies (including non-dispensing pharmacies) and chemists
  • newsagents
  • homeware, building supplies and hardware stores
  • garden centres
  • petrol stations
  • car repair and MOT services
  • bicycle shops
  • taxi or vehicle hire businesses
  • banks, building societies, credit unions, short term loan providers and cash points
  • post offices
  • funeral directors
  • laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody , chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health
  • veterinary surgeons and pet shops
  • agricultural supplies shop
  • some outdoor sports facilities
  • car showrooms (England only)
  • outdoor markets (England only)

Local authority environmental health and trading standards officers are usually responsible for enforcing regulations around the closure of businesses. However you can contact us about this in the first instance, if you're concerned. 

More information on business closures