What essential stores are open during the lockdown?


Can I still go to the dentist?

Unlike the previous lockdown, dentists will remain open and continue to greet patients for routine appointments. The move comes after the Prime Minister urged people not to neglect their NHS appointments, despite tough new lockdowns.

Can I still visit a garden center?

Yes, the garden centers will remain open throughout the last lockdown, as they are among the essential stores, to sell products that the public will need to access throughout November. However, it is essential that these centers follow the appropriate social distancing measures in order to ensure the safety of buyers throughout the new lockdown.

Will real estate agents close?

Housing Secretary Robert Jenrick has suggested the housing market will remain active through the second lockout, in a statement that contrasts with the rules for the first lockout in March. However, it is unclear whether real estate agents will be physically forced to close their doors in the coming month as all “non-essential businesses” will be on hiatus until December 2.

Will the golf courses remain open?

Golf courses will be forced to close due to foreclosures, as will all recreation and sports centers, gymnasiums, swimming pools and other places of exercise.

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Are the vets open?

Veterinary practices are classified as essential businesses and therefore can remain open.

The government has confirmed that veterinarians will be allowed to remain open, provided they follow Covid-secure guidelines.

Members of the veterinary team should work from home if possible, and veterinary professionals should exercise clinical judgment to assess and triage essential animal health and welfare needs in the context of containment.

Are the recycling centers open?

Yes, the recycling centers will remain open.

The government website says the majority of utilities will continue and you will be able to leave your home to visit them. Among these services, recycling centers are listed.

Are opticians open?

The government said opticians will remain open throughout the lockdown. The Association of Optometrists (AOP) has confirmed this with NHS England.

During the first lockdown, routine procedures and optical checks were delayed, while emergency treatment was still allowed.

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Opticians will now be allowed to perform routine eye tests and provide emergency care.

In some areas, the wait for an appointment may be longer. Practitioners may need to prioritize patients based on greatest need.

Practices must be Covid-safe and follow public health advice to ensure that proper PPE and infection control processes are in place.

Are the banks open?

Banks are among the companies allowed to remain open.

The government has listed banks, real estate companies, post offices, loan providers and money transfer companies as being allowed to remain open during the four-week lockdown.

They should follow Covid-secure guidelines and ensure all necessary PPE is worn.

Are Greggs & McDonalds open?

Although hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs are closed, venues are still allowed to provide take-out food and drink (before 10 p.m.; alcohol-free) . This includes drive-thru or delivery.

Greggs is allowed to remain open during the lockdown.

The bakery will be open for take out and delivery orders. These can be placed on JustEat, the Greggs website, or the Greggs Rewards app.

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As long as the headquarters remain closed, branches will remain open for customers to pick up their orders.

Food courts at McDonalds are also closed, but its Drive-Thru locations are still open and still offer take-out and delivery services through Uber Eats and Just Eat.

However, McDonald’s UK Managing Director Paul Pomroy said some restaurants’ opening hours and services may vary.

Halfords open?

Halfords will remain open for the four-week lockdown.

As an essential retailer and following government guidelines, shops, garages and mobile experts will remain open across the country in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Halfords posted on their website: “We will continue to operate in a safe manner for our customers and colleagues.”

Although the stores that remain open may change over time, you can find the opening hours of stores and garages near you here.

Their mobile services will continue to serve customers and they are open 24/7 online at www.halfords.com for delivery.



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