Following the government’s announcement at the weekend, which confirmed a full second national lockdown, many business owners are asking if they are allowed to remain open or if they are forced to close.

In order to help answer this question, we have provided the following list of business that may remain open and those forced to close.


Businesses Which Must Close


All non-essential retail such as:

• Clothing stores
• Electronics stores
• Vehicle showrooms
• Travel agents
• Betting shops
• Auction houses
• Tailors
• Car washes
• Tobacco and vape shops

Hospitality facilities such as:

• Restaurants
• Bars
• Pubs

Indoor and outdoor leisure and sports facilities such as:

• Bowling alleys
• Leisure centres
• Water and theme parks
• Gyms
• Swimming pools
• Golf courses and driving ranges
• Dance studios
• Stables and riding centres
• Soft play facilities
• Climbing walls and climbing centres
• Archery and shooting ranges

Entertainment venues such as:

• Theatres
• Concert halls
• Cinemas
• Museums and galleries
• Casinos
• Adult gaming centres and arcades
• Bingo halls
• Botanical gardens
• Zoos and other animal attractions

Personal care facilities such as:

• Hair, beauty and nail salons
• Tattoo parlours
• Spas
• Massage parlours
• Body and skin piercing services
• Tanning salons
• Non-medical acupuncture

Places of worship will also be closed unless they are being used for:

• Funerals
• To broadcast acts of worship
• Individual prayer
• Formal childcare or where part of a school
• Essential voluntary and public services, such as blood donation or food banks
• Other exempted activities such as some support groups


Businesses Which Can Remain Open


Essential retail such as:

• Food shops
• Supermarkets
• Garden centres
• Other retailers providing essential goods and services

As well as:

• Hotels, hostels and other accommodation- but only for those who have to travel for work purposes and for a limited number of other exemptions set out in law
• Playgrounds

Public services will also remain open such as:

• NHS and medical services like GPs.
• Jobcentre Plus sites
• Courts
• Civil Registrations Offices


If you would like further information on how this affects your business, please contact a member of our team for assistance.

Best wishes,


Alan Wright
Coronavirus Support Team
Switch Accountants