All the Sheffield businesses allowed to stay open during the new national lockdown

Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced another national lockdown in the fight against coronavirus, meaning the closure of businesses and venues across the country.

Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 7:08 am

The Prime Minister has instructed people to stay at home in an effort to control the virus, protect the NHS and save lives.

The decision follows a rapid rise in infections, hospital admissions and case rates across the country, with hospitals said to be now under more pressure than they have been at any other point throughout the pandemic.

From today people can only leave home to shop for basic necessities, to go to work if jobs cannot be done from home, to exercise with household members or one other person just once a day, to meet those in support or childcare bubbles, to seek help and to escape domestic abuse.

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A coronavirus advice sign in Sheffield city centre

Here is a list of businesses and venues which can remain open during the lockdown:

- essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, building merchants and suppliers of building products and off-licences

- market stalls selling essential retail

- businesses providing repair services

- petrol stations, automatic (but not manual) 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 retailers of products and food for the upkeep and welfare of animals

- animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and animal groomers be used for animal welfare, rather than aesthetic purposes

- 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

From today all primary schools, secondary schools and colleges will move to remote learning, except for the children of key workers and vulnerable children who will still be offered places.

The lockdown is expected to remain in place until the middle of February but an end date has not been set.