Launderettes, vets, car garages and chemists - full list of the types of businesses still allowed to open to customers during lockdown

Not sure about what services remain open during the coronavirus restrictions?

By Fiona Thompson
Monday, 30th March 2020, 7:09 am

Here’s a list of everything the Government has said can continue to trade following on from the announcement on Monday, March 23, that there would be an initial three-week lockdown in a bid to address the outbreak.

It led to a host of businesses, such as pubs, cafes and restaurants, closing their doors as officials looked to reduce the risk of people spreading COVID-19.

Shops and stalls selling food and groceries have been able to remain open so that people can hold of essentials, with takeaways also allowed to trade and deliver.

Vets, garages, pharmacies and petrol stations are among the services which remain open under Government guidelines.

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Although hardware shops and businesses which can lease out equipment have been allowed to stay open, retailers including B&Q, Wickes, Screwfix and Homebase have closed their stores under the restrictions.

Several are still running click and collect and home delivery options via their website, while stores including The Range, B&M and Home Bargains, which also sell DIY items alongside groceries, remain open.

Other services which can remain open under the Government’s list are:

Medical services and pharmacies and chemists, including non-dispensing pharmacies

Petrol stations

Bicycle shops

Hardware shops and equipment, plant and tool hire

Veterinary surgeries, pet shops and agricultural supplies shops

Laundrettes and dry cleaners

Vehicle rental services, car garages and MOT services

Car parks

Banks, building societies, short-term loan providers, credit unions and cashpoints

Storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop off points where they are on the premises of any of the above businesses

Public toilets

Outdoor and indoor markets stalls offering essential retail, such as grocery and food stalls

Cafes and canteens at hospitals, police and fire service places of work, care homes or schools; prison and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless.