The full list of ‘essential’ businesses that can stay open during lockdown

Thousands of businesses face another month of closure as England braces itself for a second national lockdown.

From Thursday, November 5, all non-essential stores will be forced to cease trading until December 2 in a bid to drive the R rate down.

Under new guidelines, shoppers will only be allowed to visit supermarkets for essential visits and can only leave the house for employment, exercise or education.

A Downing Street statement said: "Non-essential shops, leisure and entertainment venues will be closed.

"Click and collect services can continue and essential shops, including supermarkets, will remain open, so there is no need for anyone to stockpile."

Some shoppers have caused outrage by hoarding items and leaving supermarket shelves bare.

One mum was slammed for bagging 20 packets of reduced pasta for just 20p a pop – despite saying she was going to donate it.

Meanwhile, thousands of people have backed a campaign to have gyms kept open on the grounds of mental health and wellbeing benefits.

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Currently, fitness centres will be forced to close until December 2 at the earliest, and potentially longer depending on their tier.

Green-fingered Brits will be relieved that garden centres have been included on the list of businesses permitted to remain open in the meantime.

Bicycle shops, hardware stores and funeral directors have also been considered as essential.

Medical facilities such as chiropractors, opticians and dentists will also be allowed to stay open.

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The full list:

  • Supermarkets
  • Off licenses
  • Pharmacies
  • Newsagents
  • Hardware stores
  • Building merchants
  • Petrol stations

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  • Car repair and MOT services
  • Bicycle shops
  • Taxi and vehicle hire
  • Banks and cashpoints, credit unions and building societies
  • Post offices
  • Funeral directors
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Dental services, opticians, chiropractors and other health and mental health services
  • Vets and pet shops
  • Agriculture supply shops
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Car parks
  • Public toilets
  • Garden centres

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