These businesses are exempt from the UK closures rules

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From Harper's BAZAAR

The government's latest restrictions on the British public have left many wondering what will remain open. Yesterday, 23 March, the Prime Minister ordered people to stay in their homes in order to contain the outbreak and protect key workers, such as those working for the NHS.

The majority of shops and retail businesses were told to close after great swathes of the public this weekend ignored the government's pleas to social distance and to isolate themselves. Open parks were packed with people, the streets were full and the London Underground remained busy despite advice not to travel unless necessary.

Stores selling "non-essential goods" including clothes and electronics shops will now be shuttered immediately. However, not everything will close - the following will remain open, according to the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government:

  • Supermarkets and other food shops
  • Health shops
  • Pharmacies, including non-dispensing pharmacies
  • Petrol stations
  • Bicycle shops
  • Home and hardware shops
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Garages
  • Car rentals
  • Pet shops
  • Corner shops and newsagents
  • Post offices
  • Banks

People are still able to use food delivery and takeaway services. The government has advised shopping for food only once week a week to ensure that the vulnerable are not left without. The public is permitted to go outside and use a park once a day, but only for exercise, wither solo or with people they live with.

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