Can your business stay open from the 5th November?

Following on from the recent announcement of a second national lockdown, non-essential businesses have been told to close to help combat rising levels of Coronavirus cases.

Information for businesses is constantly being updated and it can sometimes be confusing to know where your organisation stands. If you’re not sure whether to close or remain open from the 5th November, we are here to help.

You can find official Government guidance here or read our recent blog post about getting through a second lockdown here.

Below, you will find a listing of businesses who can remain open during the 5th November to the 2nd December lockdown:

  • Banks and building societies
  • Bicycle shops
  • Car garages and repair shops
  • Car rental services and car parks
  • Food banks and shelters
  • Garden Centres
  • Hardware stores
  • Health shops
  • Laundry and dry cleaners
  • Medical services (eg: dentists)
  • Newsagents
  • Pet shops
  • Petrol stations
  • Pharmacies
  • Post offices
  • Retail shops based in hospitals
  • Short-term loan providers and credit unions
  • Storage and distribution centres
  • Supermarkets
  • Takeaways and food delivery
  • Undertakers
  • Vets

Businesses who have been advised to close during this time include gyms, restaurants, pubs, bars, none-essential retail stores, hairdressers, spas/beauty and nail salons.

If you are still unsure of what to do, please get in touch with our dedicated team who will be happy to assist you. We provide free and impartial guidance for businesses in Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton.

Contact us on 0300 770 2245 or at

Further updates from GOVUK (04.11.20)

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close or restrict how they provide goods and services. These include:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm; and not including alcohol), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks. Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ homes
  • Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities as set out below Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services - for example for people who do not have it at home - and for click-and-collect
  • Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals

Other businesses are permitted to stay open - this includes those providing essential goods or services, including: food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services. Essential retail should follow COVID-secure guidelines to protect customers, visitors and workers. 

Full details of the guidance can be found here.