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After recently moving to Tier 3 in the Government’s regional strategy the borough will join the rest of the country for England’s one month lockdown from Thursday November 5th until December 2nd.  Although there are notable differences to the measures we faced during the spring the message is again to Stay At Home, Protect The NHS and Save Lives! A key change is that the Government will not be closing schools, colleges or universities.

So what’s closing?

Active Tameside has already announced that the gyms and pools will be closed after Wednesday following the guidance from the government. Crucially for many small businesses we will see non essential retail closed for the second time this year.  So the following businesses will be closed from Thursday –

  • all non-essential retail, including, but not limited to clothing, footwear and electronics stores, jewellers, home furnishings, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops.
  • indoor and outdoor leisure facilities such as bowling alleys, leisure centres and gyms, sports facilities including swimming pools, golf courses and driving ranges, dance studios, stables and riding centres, soft play facilities, climbing walls and climbing centres, archery and shooting ranges, water and theme parks,
  • entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, adult gaming centres and arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, concert halls, zoos and other animal attractions, botanical gardens;
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty and nail salons, tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services, non-medical acupuncture, and tanning salons.

A full list of the business closures will be published by the government this week and set out in law. One lifeline for some non essential retail businesses will be that they can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.

What’s allowed to open?

Essential businesses cover a wide range but the main thing we all focus on is food retail. Of course supermarkets will continue to be open and with other businesses closed during this period it will be expected to queue once again so make sure you are prepared in bad weather. Still continue to buy what you need and avoid panic buying, there is enough for everyone and the supply chains are strong. Hardware stores and garden centres are expected to be allowed to remain open, as long as they can operate in a Covid-secure way.

Other businesses allowed to open include: Pharmacies, Health shops Medical services – eg, dentists, Vets, Newsagents, Pet shops, Petrol stations, Bicycle shops, Laundrettes and dry cleaners, Undertakers Banks, building societies, Short-term loan providers, credit unions and cash points, Storage and distribtion centres, Post Offices, Car rental services and car parks near vital services such as supermarkets, Public toilets, Car garages and repair shops, Food banks and shelters. Estate Agent services will also be allowed to remain open.

In Tameside our Market Halls in Ashton and Hyde should still be open for essential businesses including fresh food retail. Hospitality venues like café’s, restaurants, bars and pubs must close, but can still provide takeaway and delivery services. However, takeaway of alcohol will not be allowed.

A number of public services will also stay open and you will be able to leave home to visit them. These include:

  • The NHS and medical services like GPs. It is vital anyone who thinks they need any kind of medical care comes forward and seeks help.
  • Jobcentre Plus sites
  • Courts
  • Civil Registrations Offices

A more detailed breakdown should be available before Wednesday on these Lockdown rules and as we approach the end of the 4 weeks our local area is expected to revert back to the measures of the Tier system once again subject to the local infection rates.

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