Here are which 'essential' shops and services can still open during third lockdown

Non-essential shops and businesses have been asked to close as England enters its third national lockdown.

By Leanne Clarke
Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 11:02 am
Updated Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 2:12 pm

The restrictions were announced on Monday evening after Boris Johnson addressed the nation and introduced the lockdown in an effort to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

Businesses such as clothing shops, homeware stores have to close, but there are certain shops, stores and other businesses that are permitted to stay open providing they follow Covid secure guidelines.

Here's a list of businesses that are allowed to remain open:

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Non-essential shops and businesses have been asked to close as England enters its third national lockdown.

* 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 retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals.

* 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 parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise.

* Places of worship.

* Crematoriums and burial grounds.

Public services

* The NHS and medical services like GPs and dentists. The Government say it's vital anyone who thinks they need any kind of medical care comes forward and seeks help.

* Jobcentre Plus sites.

* Courts and probation services.

* Civil registrations offices.

* Passport and visa services.

* Services provided to victims.

* Waste or recycling centres.

* Getting an MOT, if you need to drive when lawfully leaving home.