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The rising number of coronavirus cases in England prompted Boris Johnson to announce another national lockdown in England. The lockdown started on November 5, and while restrictions are in place a number of businesses will have to close.
Which businesses can open during lockdown?
Businesses deemed “essential retail” are allowed to stay open while England is in a second lockdown.
The Government guidance states examples of essential retail includes “food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, hardware stores, building merchants and off-licences”.
Other businesses such as banks, post offices, car repair and MOT services can also stay open at this time.
But non-essential shops and hospitality businesses will have to close for the time being.
Is Homebase closing down for lockdown?
DIY retailer Homebase has announced it will be remaining open during the second lockdown.
Homebase CEO Damian McGloughlin said on November 3: “We all continue to face extremely challenging circumstances as the nation navigates the introduction of new guidance to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
“As an essential retailer, all of our stores will remain open across the UK and Ireland, providing products and services for people to ensure their homes are safe and comfortable.
“The safety of our teams and customers remains our highest priority, and we are following the Government’s latest guidance to ensure that every precaution is taken so that shopping is safe for everyone.
“We advise customers to visit our website in the first instance, before making a trip to store, where there is also an opportunity to utilise our Click & Collect service.
“Our store teams continue to work extremely hard under unusual and fast-evolving circumstances.
“Once more, I would like to extend a huge thank you to our entire team for their ongoing commitment, and to our customers, for the important part they play in helping us to create a safe and enjoyable shopping experience.”
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When will the lockdown end?
Boris Johnson announced on October 31 the lockdown would begin on November 5, and the lockdown was approved by MPs during a Commons vote on November 4.
The lockdown will last four weeks and is expected to end on December 2.
Cabinet Minister Michael Gove suggested the lockdown could be extended, based on coronavirus cases at the time.
However, Mr Johnson has reiterated lockdown measures will come to an end on December 2.
Responding to Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer when asked about the end of lockdown measures, Mr Johnson said this week: “These autumn measures to combat the surge, will expire automatically on December 2.
“And we will then, I hope very much, be able to get this country going again, to get businesses, to get shops open again in the run up to Christmas.
“But that depends on us all doing our bit now to make sure that we get the R (value) down.
“I’ve no doubt that we can, and that we’ll be able to go forward from December 2 with a very, very different approach – but, of course, it will be up to the House of Commons to decide, thereafter, what to do.”
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