With tighter restrictions announced yesterday evening (Monday) to keep people safe during coronavirus, we were advised now that going to the shops was one of only four reasons for leaving our homes.


Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that shops selling non-essential items would close.

The shops that will remain open are:

  • Supermarkets and food stores
  • Chemists and pharmacies
  • Garages
  • Petrol stations
  • Post Offices
  • Banks
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Home and hardware stores
  • Pet shops
  • Newsagents
  • Bicycle shops

Hairdressers, cafes, libraries and churches will close.

What about vets?

Vets may continue to stay open, even though only pet shops are officially on the lists.

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Will any other shops stay open?

Yes, you may find that other shops will still be open – for example, Sports Direct started today announcing it will continue selling from its stores, but following a social media backlash the sports store has now said it will remain closed until it receives further guidance from the Government.

Will there be restrictions on the number of customers shopping?

Certain supermarkets and shops are starting to limit the number of customers who can enter the shop at one time. Waitrose this morning has announced that it will only allow a certain number of people inside (according to the size of its store) and when full, will operate a 1 in, 1 out policy.




Susie Boone, Editorial Director MadeForMums
Susie BooneEditorial Director, MadeForMums