Full list of businesses set to reopen under stricter tier system when lockdown ends
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Boris Johnson today published the 56-page Covid Winter Plan outlining the new stricter 3-tier local lockdown system that will come into force next Wednesday.
Announcing the changes in the House of Commons this afternoon, the Prime Minister revealed how post-lockdown England would look and what businesses will be allowed to operate once again.
While all non-essential shops will reopen, there are changes between the three tiers – with tougher measures being enforced on the hospitality industry under tier 3 measures in particular.
Tier 3 restrictions will be forced on local areas by the government with no right for the local council to refuse or appeal.
Unlike in October, more regions are set to be in the higher tiers 2 and 3 after SAGE experts concluded the original measures weren't strict enough to drive down the virus.
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Gyms can reopen in all areas
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What businesses will reopen under the new 3-tier system? Tier 3
Business subject to tier 3 restrictions will face the strictest measures.
While non-essential shops will be allowed to re-open, they will be forced to operate differently to those in tier 1 and tier 2.
These businesses include:
- Non-essential retailers, including clothing stores and toy shops
- Pubs, restaurants and bars – but only for takeaway, delivery or click and collect
- Gyms – although group exercise classes are banned
- Swimming pools and leisure centres
- Hairdressers and barbers
- Beauty salons
All pubs can reopen, however those in tier 3 areas can only offer takeaway or delivery service
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Under tier 2, all non-essential retail will also be allowed to open.
Hairdressers, beauty salons and gyms can reopen under social distancing measures while pubs will be able to serve alcohol only if they can serve a "substantial" meal at the same time.
The 10pm curfew on customers leaving a venue has been extended to 11pm while last orders must be taken at 10pm still.
Casinos, cinemas, bowling alleys, theatres, soft play centres as well as museums and galleries can also reopen.
Hairdressers in all tiers can reopen
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All businesses will be allowed to reopen in tier 1 as long as they're Covid-19 secure and social distancing can be adhered to.
Nightclubs, which haven't reopened since March, will however remain closed.
Restaurants and pubs can only operate a table-service.