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Which shops will remain open during coronavirus lockdown?

By Gregor White

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced last night that only "essential" shops will remain open for at least the next three weeks.

Scenes like this are not expected in Inverness city centre for some time.
Scenes like this are not expected in Inverness city centre for some time.

According to government advice the following types of store will remain open:

Supermarkets and other food shops


Petrol stations


Bicycle shops

Home and hardware stores

Laundrettes and dry cleaners


Pet shops

Post Offices


Businesses that will close include:

clothing stores

electronics stores

hair, beauty and nail salons

and outdoor and indoor markets, excluding food markets.

indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, arcades and soft play facilities.

hotels, hostels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, caravan parks, and boarding houses for commercial/leisure use (excluding permanent residents and key workers)

Also closing will be: libraries, community centres, and youth centres; communal places within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts and outdoor gyms; places of worship, except for funerals attended by immediate families.

Businesses will still be able to take online orders and deliver items to people's homes.

Full details of the rules in place following the lockdown announcement are available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/full-guidance-on-staying-at-home-and-away-from-others

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