COVID-19 & Business

Vernon Yerkess - 3 min

What businesses are effected by the latest covid-19 news

Last night the PM made an announcement imposing a new set of rules we must follow regarding our day to day lives. In fact, these rules are the most stringent the UK has ever been placed under. The idea is to combat the spread of the virus though social distancing after the death toll in the UK has hit 335 deaths.

As a result, any shops or business’ selling non-essential goods or services have been told to shut and gatherings of more than 2 people who do not live together will be prohibited. In fact, police forces now have the power to enforce these new rules, either by dispersing gatherings and even issuing fines.

It is very clear now that the pandemic we are facing grows increasingly more threatening day by day, as Boris Johnson has no labelled the Coronavirus a ‘moment of national emergency’ and staying at home is necessary to protect the NHS and save live.

Expect these restrictions to be in place for at least 3 weeks.

The government guidance says people should only leave home for one of four reasons:

  • Shopping for basic necessities such as food and medicine. Shopping trips should be as infrequent as possible.
  • One form of exercise a day such as a run, walk, or cycle. This should be done alone or only with people you live with.
  • Any medical need, or to provide care or to help a vulnerable person. This includes moving children under the age of 18 between their parents’ homes, where applicable. Key workers or those with children identified as vulnerable can continue to take their children to school.
  • Travelling to and from work, but only where work absolutely cannot be done from home.

Even with the following guidelines in place, people should minimise the amount of time spent away from home, and ensure you remain at least 2 meters away from people you do not live with.

The government is also stopping all social events, including weddings, baptisms and other ceremonies – but funerals will be allowed.

Businesses that will not need to close

  • Restaurants, cafes and work canteens – but only for food delivery and takeaway services.
  • Supermarkets and other premises selling food, including market stalls.
  • “Health shops” such as pharmacies.
  • Petrol stations, garages and car rental businesses.
  • Bicycle shops.
  • Home and hardware shops.
  • Launderettes and dry cleaners.
  • Pet shops.
  • Corner shops, newsagents and post offices.
  • Banks.

Other premises including libraries, non-essential shops, playgrounds, outdoor gyms and places of worship have been ordered to close.

Parks will remain open for exercise but people are not allowed to gather in groups.

Community centres can remain open but only for the purpose of “hosting essential voluntary or public services” such as food banks or service for homeless people, the guidance says.

Hotels, hostels, campsites and caravan parks must also close unless key workers need to stay there, or if other people staying there cannot return to their primary residence.

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