Guidance: Further businesses and premises to close

MHCLG has issued guidance on the non-essential businesses and premises that must now shut.

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On 23 March the Government, stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG) has now issued guidance that all non-essential premises must now close. Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with guidance on Friday 20 March. Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal.


Retail and public premises which we expect to remain open must:

  • Ensure a distance of two meters between customers and shop assistants; and
  • Let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not crowded
  • Queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open


Parks will remain open but only for individuals and households to exercise once a day. Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed.


Non-essential businesses and premises must now shut.


Read the full guidance


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