Can I work in lockdown? List of businesses that must close and essential businesses that can stay open as England enters second lockdown

As England faces a national lockdown this week, here’s what you need to know about going to work

England faces a second lockdown beginning this week, leaving many people wondering if they can still go to work (Shutterstock)
England faces a second lockdown beginning this week, leaving many people wondering if they can still go to work (Shutterstock)

England will enter its second national lockdown this week as coronavirus cases continue to rise across most regions.

He said a second lockdown in England was necessary to prevent a “medical and moral disaster” for the NHS and that taking drastic action now will mean families can be together at Christmas.

The restrictions, which come into place this Thursday, will last for four weeks until 2 December when regions will move back into the tiered system.

Just as in the first lockdown, pubs, restaurants, gyms and non-essential shops will be forced to close, although schools, colleges and universities will be kept open this time.

The furlough scheme, which was scheduled to end on Sunday 1 November, has been extended for the duration of the new lockdown to support people whose jobs have been put on pause.

Here’s a full list of the businesses and venues that have been told to close - and who can continue to go into work.

Which businesses will close under England’s lockdown?

The UK Government has ordered certain businesses to close to reduce social contact and mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

This means employees at the following facilities, listed on the government’s website, will not be able to go to work during the lockdown period:

Non-essential retail

Shops closing includes clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops.

However, non-essential retail can remain open for click and collect and delivery services.

Hospitality venues

Restaurants, bars and pubs must close again under the new restrictions. They are still able to provide takeaway services, although alcohol take-away is not permitted.

Leisure facilities

Indoor and outdoor leisure facilities have been told to close, including gyms, bowling alleys and leisure centres.

Sports facilities, including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and centres, archery and shooting ranges, and water and theme parks, must also close.

Entertainment venues

All entertainment venues will close. This includes theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, and botanical gardens.

Personal care facilities

Under the lockdown, hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons will all close.

Which businesses will remain open?

Specific businesses that the government has deemed as “essential” will remain open during the national lockdown, including a number of public services.

These are:

Food shops Supermarkets Garden centres Retailers providing essential goods and services Hotels, hostels and accommodation - only for those who have to travel for work purposes Childcare and support groups - up to 15 in-person participants NHS and medical services Jobcentre Plus sites Courts Civil Registrations Offices

The government has said these facilities which are staying open must follow Covid-secure guidelines to protect customers and workers.

Can I still go to work?

In similarity to the national lockdown in the spring, the government has instructed everyone who can work effectively from home to do so.

The only people who should be going into work are public sector employees who work in “essential” services, including in education settings.

Where people are unable to work from home - for example, employees in construction and manufacturing - the government has said they should continue to travel to their workplaces.