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Full list of business premises that must close and the limited ones that can stay open

A list of the business premises that will be expected to close has been published by the government in the wake of last night's lockdown announcement.

Last night's measures announced by Prime Minister Boris Johnson add to the list of closures that was announced on Friday night.

Then, restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and nightclubs were closed, as were cinemas, theatres, concert halls and bingo halls.

All museums, galleries, spas and massage parlours were also instructed to close as were indoor leisure and sports facilities, including all gyms.

Monday's steps go further, with all retail establishments asked to close - unless on a specific list of exemptions.

An announcement said: "On 23 March the Government, stepped up measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus and save lives.

"All non-essential premises must now close. Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational in line with guidance on Friday 20 March.

"Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal. Retail and public premises which we expect to remain open must:

"Ensure a distance of two meters between customers and shop assistants; and

"• Let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not crowded.

"• Queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open.

"Parks will remain open but only for individuals and households to exercise once a day.

"Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed.

"Non-essential businesses and premises must now shut."

The following businesses and premises must remain closed:

The statement adds: "Takeaway and delivery facilities should remain open and operational.

"This means people can continue to enter premises to access takeaway services, including delivery drivers.

"Planning regulation will be changed to enable restaurants, cafes and pubs which do not currently offer delivery and hot food takeaway to do so.

"This will be clearly communicated by the government when in effect.

"People must not consume food or drinks on site at restaurants, cafes or pubs whilst waiting for takeaway food, those venues offering takeaway or delivery services must not include alcoholic beverages in this list if their license does not already permit.

Length of closure

"We are asking the businesses and premises and other venues outlined above not to open for trade from close of trade 23 March 2020.

"The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks, and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.


"Everyone is instructed to comply with the rules issued by the government in relation to coronavirus, in order to protect both themselves and others.

"As of 2pm on 21 March 2020, closures on the original list from 20th March are now enforceable by law in England and Wales due to the threat to public health.

"The government will extend the law and enforcement powers to include the new list of premises for closure.

"Further measures on enforcement could be taken following the passage of the Coronavirus Bill through parliament.

"A business operating in contravention of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Business Closures) Regulations 2020 will be committing an offence.

"Environmental Health and Trading Standards officers will monitor compliance with these regulations, with police support provided if appropriate.

"Businesses and premises that breach them will be subject to prohibition notices, and potentially unlimited fines.

Financial Support

"Her Majesty's Treasury also announced on 20 March 2020 a comprehensive series of measures supporting wages, cash-flow for businesses, and the welfare system.

"Business support In England, under the Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant (RHLG) announced on Monday March 16, businesses and premises in England in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will be eligible for cash grants of up to £25,000 per property.

"Eligible businesses in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of up to £15,000 will receive a grant of £10,000. #

"Eligible businesses and premises in these sectors with a property that has a rateable value of between £15,001 and £51,000 will receive a grant of £25,000.

"Businesses with a rateable value of over £51,000 are not included in this scheme.

"For more information please visit"

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