Great Britain

Second national lockdown: Will pubs, bars, gyms, restaurants and shops close?

IT will be a rough month ahead for the hospitality industry as pubs, bars and restaurants are all set to close in a bid to curb a second wave of coronavirus. 

From next week, all pubs and restaurants will close, four months after the end of the first UK-wide shutdown. Here's everything we know.

Will bars and restaurants close?

Pubs and restaurants across the UK are bracing to close their doors for an entire month.

All pubs and restaurants in England will shut but will be allowed to do takeaways and deliveries.

The entirety of England had already been under a 10pm hospitality curfew and forced to abide by the Rule of Six for weeks.

A number of European countries, including Ireland, Italy and Spain, have gone into lockdown to limit the spread of coronavirus, ordering all pubs and non-essential shops and centres to be closed.

Will gyms have to close?

Yes. Gyms are deemed to be 'high risk' environments.

Leisure centres, such as bowling alleys and soft play centres, will also close.

What shops will have to close?

All businesses deemed to be "non-essential" will close.

This means all non-essential retail will close including those that sell clothing, electronics, books, gifts and homewares. 

Scores of shops and food chains will close including McDonald's, KFC and Greggs.

Fashion chains like H&M, Next and Evans will also shut up shops.

All pubs, bars and restaurants in England will shut but will be allowed to do takeaways and deliveries

The entirety of England had already been under a 10pm hospitality curfew and forced to abide by the Rule of Six for weeks.

You can find the full list of premises that have been ordered to close on the GOV.UK website.

Below is a list of what is to close:

The new lockdown measures include:

Anyone breaking the rules will be liable for fines from at least £30 - and up to £1,000.

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