The Government has issued a list of the the types of businesses that can operate during the coronavirus oubreak and those that must remain closed.

The guidance includes: 

Businesses and venues that must remain closed

  • These include: 
  • Food & Drink venues (excluding takeaways)
  • Retail
  • Accommodation
  • Non-residential institutions
  • Assembly and leisure
  • Outdoor recreation

There are some exemptions, which GOV.UK have listed.

Work carried out in people’s homes

Work carried out in people’s homes, for example by tradespeople carrying out repairs and maintenance, can continue, provided that the tradesperson is well and has no symptoms.

Takeaway and delivery 

People can continue to enter premises to access takeaway services, including delivery drivers.

Businesses are encouraged to take orders online or by telephone, and businesses should not provide seating areas, indoors and outdoors, for customers to consume food and drink on.


More guidance on compliance can be found on GOV.UK.

Financial support

A comprehensive series of measures supporting wages, cash-flow for businesses, and the welfare system has been published by the Government.

Length of closure

The first point of review for these measures will be in three weeks from March 23, 2020. This review will consider their necessity and effectiveness in light of changing circumstances.

Business rates

The government will provide a business rates holiday for businesses and venues in the retail, hospitality and/or leisure sector.