Covid-19 Support

National Lockdown - New Restrictions from 5th January 2021

Many businesses will again need to close, although those providing essential goods and services can stay open. The full list of these businesses can be found in the guidance on closing certain businesses and venues in England, but includes:

  • 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 may also stay open
  • businesses providing repair services may also stay open, where they primarily offer 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 (may continue to 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

Non-essential retail businesses can continue to offer a click & collect service (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services.

Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs may also provide food and non-alcoholic drinks for takeaway (until 11pm), click & collect and drive-through. All food and drink (including alcohol) can continue to be provided by delivery.

For more detailed information about the Lockdown restrictions, visit the Government's National Lockdown webpage

Article Updated 5th January 2021

North Devon Plus continues to monitor the information and guidance published by a wide range of organisations and government agencies about the support and advice available to businesses, details of which can be found on the following pages:

Financial Assistance for Businesses - An overview of Business Grant and Loan schemes and measures to ease cashflow for businesses impacted by Coronavirus

Support for Employers - Information and useful resources for businesses employing staff

Useful Links - Links to websites operated by other organisations including the FSB, Home Office, National Cyber Security Office etc.

Information for Businesses - Information about general Covid-related matters affecting all businesses, together with sector-specific information relating to a range of specialised industries

Good News - Articles and information about good news and success stories from across North Devon and Torridge during the Coronavirus outbreak