Which businesses can stay open in November 2020?

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Which shops and businesses can open? On 31st October 2020, a second lockdown was announced for England. As a result the Government have confirmed that certain businesses must close.

The information below is correct as at 1st November 2020.

Note: The rules below apply to England only. The devolved nations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have their own rules and regulations.

What is the start date for the second lockdown?


The lockdown will start on Thursday 5th November. From this date only certain businesses can open.

How long will the lockdown apply?


The lockdown is due to last for at least 4 weeks. The current end date is Wednesday 2nd December, however it is possible that the lockdown will be extended.

Which shops and businesses can remain open during the lockdown?


The following shops and businesses can stay open throughout the second lockdown. The businesses can only remain open if they are able to abide by the strict guidelines including social distancing.

Food shops

Supermarkets – they don’t need to close off aisles and can still sell non-essential goods

Takeaways and food delivery services

Convenience stores, newsagents and corner shops

Medical providers including opticians, dentists, chiropractors, pharmacies and chemists

Banks and building societies

Post offices

Homeware, hardware and building suppliers

Garden centres and plant nurseries

Petrol stations

Car repair and MOT services

Bicycle shops

Laundrettes and dry cleaners

Hotels and hostels, etc – can only open for restricted purposes, including for those travelling for work

Non-essential retail can remain open but only to provide click & collect services and delivery services

Other businesses providing essential goods and services can remain open. The full list is expected to be announced by the Government shortly.

Which shops and businesses must close on 5th November?


During the second lockdown in November, the following businesses must close?

All retail stores, unless mentioned in the previous list. Staff may be present at these sites to take orders, make deliveries, provide click & collect service, etc

Restaurants and cafes – they can however provide a takeaway service

Pubs, wine bars and nightclubs – takeaway of alcohol is not allowed

Hairdressers, barbers, nail salons and tattoo parlours

Hotels and hostels, etc are restricted (see previous list above)

Gyms, swimming pools and leisure centres – this includes all types of venues both indoor and outdoor

Museums, galleries, cinemas and theatres

Betting shops and casinos

Arcades, bingo halls, concert halls and bowling alleys

Zoos, animal attractions and theme parks

Additional Support for Businesses

To support businesses during this difficult time, the Government made further announcements.

Furlough Extended throughout November – The Scheme had been due to cease in October 2020. As a result of the second lockdown the furlough scheme has now been extended. For further information see our blog Furlough Scheme November.

Business Grants available for closed premises – Premises which are required to close from 5th November 2020 are entitled to a grants of up to £3,000 per month. For further information see our blog Business Grants Second Lockdown.

Further Information on Business Openings

This guidance is ever changing. As a result you should consult the government guidance or discuss your circumstances with your accountant or advisor.

HMRC link – New National Restrictions from 5th November

At Patterson Hall Chartered Accountants we will endeavour to keep our clients informed of these rule changes as they happen.

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