MPs have this afternoon voted in favour of the New National Restrictions coming into force tomorrow. The government won the vote by 516 to 38, a majority of 478.
Here is a full list of businesses which can remain open, as there is some uncertainty. Part 3 of The Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) (No. 4) Regulations 2020 provides:
‘Businesses permitted to remain open :
33. Food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corner shops.
34. Off licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol (including breweries).
35. Pharmacies (including non-dispensing pharmacies) and chemists.
37. Hardware stores.
38. Building merchants, and building services.
39. Petrol stations.
40. Car repair and MOT services.
41. Bicycle shops.
42. Taxi or vehicle hire businesses.
43. The following businesses— (a) banks; (b) building societies; (c) credit unions; (d) short term loan providers; (e) savings clubs; (f) cash points; (g) undertakings which by way of business operate currency exchange offices, transmit money (or any representation of money) by any means or cash cheques which are made payable to customers.
44. Post offices.
45. Funeral directors.
46. Laundrettes and dry cleaners.
47. Dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health.
48. Veterinary surgeons and pet shops.
49. Agricultural supplies shop.
50. Storage and distribution facilities, including delivery drop off or collection points, where the facilities are in the premises of a business included in this Part.
51. Car parks.
52. Public toilets.
53. Garden centres. ‘
- The Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA) has agreed to restore the Declaration agreement preserving ‘Tied Pub Tenants’ Pubs Code Rights During the COVID-19 Emergency’ for the period of lockdown closure in November until 2 December in order to ensure that certain important tenants Code rights are protected and preserved during this further period if POBs are insufficiently resourced to meet Code deadlines. A summary of this can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/pubs-code-declaration-no2-november-2020-summary/declaration-by-pub-owning-businesses-on-preserving-tied-pub-tenants-pubs-code-rights-during-the-covid-19-emergency-november-2020
- Also please remember there is a further ‘Ask the Experts: Online Q&A’ in partnership with BwD Council and the Hive business network taking place at https://www.blackburnbid.co.uk/coronavirus-qa/ tomorrow, 10am to 12pm. Please post any questions you have about the restrictuons or financial support available to receive free advice and guidance.