Businesses across England have been forced to close in line with new national lockdown measures linked to the new Covid-19 variant.
The measure, announced by Boris Johnson, means people must stay at home except for essential travel and exercise.
Non-essential retail, hospitality and personal care services must shut in all parts of the country until at least February 22 as the new Covid-19 variant spirals out of control.
In the latest in a long series of U-turns, the PM announced schools, colleges and universities will also shut from today, except for vulnerable youngsters and the children of key workers.
Restaurants can continue offering a delivery or takeaway service – but pubs, bars and food-to-go outlets will no longer be allowed to sell takeaway alcohol.
Hairdressers, spas, zoos, hotels, golf courses, cafés and cinemas will also close under mandatory measures.
However, essential retailers such as supermarkets and pharmacies can stay open – as can garden centres and builders merchants.
Places of worship can also open for individual prayer and communal services, but they must obey social distancing rules and people can only attend with household and support bubble members.
Zoos and other animal attractions once again have to close.
Outdoor sports venues including gyms and tennis courts are also now closed until mid-February.
Outdoor team sports will not be permitted.
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But what businesses are allowed to stay open?
- Food shops including off-licences, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products
- Market stalls selling essential items
- Repair stores
- Petrol stations, automatic car washes, vehicle repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses
- Banks, building societies, post offices, short-term loan providers and money transfer businesses
- Funeral directors
- Laundrettes and dry cleaners
- Medical and dental services
- Vets and pet shops
- Animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and animal groomers
- Agricultural supplies shops
- Mobility and disability support shops
- Storage and distribution facilities
- Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas
- Outdoor playgrounds
- Outdoor parts of botanical gardens and heritage sites for exercise
- Places of worship
- Crematoriums and burial grounds
“It’s clear that we need to do more together to bring this variant under control while our vaccines are rolled out,” Boris Johnson said, announcing the measures on Tuesday.
The latest lockdown will see more than 550,000 business closures in England, according to real estate adviser Altus Group.
The company said this included 401,690 non-essential shops, 64,537 pubs or restaurants, 20,703 personal care facilities and 7,051 gyms or leisure centres.