This is usually a bumper time of year for businesses with shoppers heading to the Boxing Day and New Year sales.
But after Health Secretary Matt Hancock placed Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire in the toughest Tier 4, by law most will now have to close as we head into 2021.
And it’s not just shops that are affected as of 12.01am on New Year’s Eve (December 31), places like hair salons, barber shops and gyms also come under the closure ruling.
A full list of businesses that must close – and the ones which are allowed to stay open – has been published.
The businesses required, by law to close are:
- Non-essential retail
- vehicle showrooms (other than for rental)
- betting shops
- tobacco and vape shops
- electronic goods and mobile phone shops
- auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment).
- Market stalls selling non-essential goods
- cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs
- hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites
- leisure centres and indoor gyms, indoor swimming pools, indoor sports courts, indoor fitness and dance studios, indoor riding centres, and indoor climbing walls
- theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, indoor play and soft play centres and areas (including inflatable parks and trampolining centres), circuses, fairgrounds, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks and theme parks
- indoor attractions at venues such as botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open
- hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons.
- Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services
- Community centres and halls
And these can stay open:
- Jobcentre Plus sites
- Courts and probation services
- Civil registrations offices
- Passport and visa services
- Services provided to victims
- Waste or recycling centres
- Essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences
- Market stalls selling essential retail may also stay open
- Businesses providing repair services may also stay open, where they primarily offer repair services
- Petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses
- Banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses
- Funeral directors
- Laundrettes and dry cleaners
- Medical and dental services
- Vets and pet shops
- Animal rescue centres, boarding facilities, and animal groomers (may continue to be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes)
- Agricultural supplies shops
- Mobility and disability support shops
- Storage and distribution facilities
- Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas
- Outdoor playgrounds
- Outdoor gym, pools, sports courts and facilities
- Golf courses
- Archery/driving/shooting ranges (outdoors)
- Outdoor riding centres
- Places of worship
- Crematoriums and burial grounds