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Coronavirus: What businesses in Crawley must now be closed and who can stay open?

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The government has released the list of which businesses can and cannot stay open with immediate effect.

For those which are allowed to remain open they must:

  • Ensure a distance of two meters between customers and shop assistants; and
  • Let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not crowded.
  • Queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open.

Parks will remain open but only for individuals and households to exercise once a day. Communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds and football pitches will be closed.

The list, published below, seperates the businesses into categories and has the exceptions to the side. The following businesses and premises must remain closed:

Business, premises or placeExceptions
Food and drink
Restaurants Food delivery and takeaway can remain operational.
Cafes, including workplace canteens Food delivery and takeaway can remain operational. Cafés or canteens at hospitals, care homes or schools; prison and military canteens; services providing food or drink to the homeless.
Public houses
Bars and nightclubs, including bars in hotels or members’ clubs
Retail
Hair, beauty and nail salons, including piercing and tattoo parlours
Massage parlours
All retail with notable exceptionsSupermarkets and other food shops, health shops, pharmacies including nondispensing pharmacies, petrol stations, bicycle shops, home and hardware shops, laundrettes and dry cleaners, bicycle shops, garages, car rentals, pet shops, corner shops, newsagents, post offices, and banks.
Outdoor and indoor marketsMarket stalls which offer essential retail, such as grocery and food.
Auction houses
Car showrooms
Hotels
Hotels, hostels, BnBs, campsites and boarding houses for commercial use Where people live in these as interim abodes whilst their primary residence is unavailable they may continue to do so.
Key workers can continue to stay in hotels or similar where required
Caravan parks/sites for commercial uses Where people live permanently in caravan parks or are staying in caravan parks as interim abodes where their primary residence is not available, they may continue to do so.
Non-residential institutions
Libraries
Community centres, youth centres and similar Facilities may remain open for the purpose of hosting essential voluntary or public services, such as food banks or homeless services.
We will do everything to support vulnerable people who are without a network of friends and families.
Places of worship for servicesFunerals following the social distancing guidance; places of worship should remain open for solitary prayer.
Live streaming of a service without audience would be permissible.
Cinemas, theatres and concert hallsLive streaming of a performance by a small group could be permissible with social distancing observed.
Assembly and leisure
Museums and galleries
Bingo halls, casinos and betting shops
Spas
Skating rinks
Fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools or other indoor leisure centres
Arcades, bowling alleys, soft play centres and similar
Outdoor recreation
Enclosed spaces in parks, including playgrounds, sports courts and pitches, and outdoor gyms or similar

In addition:

Takeaway and delivery facilities should remain open and operational.

This means people can continue to enter premises to access takeaway services, including delivery drivers. Planning regulation will be changed to enable restaurants, cafes and pubs which do not currently offer delivery and hot food takeaway to do so. This will be clearly communicated by the government when in effect. People must not consumer food or drinks on site at restaurants, cafes or pubs whilst waiting for takeaway food,

Those venues offering takeaway or delivery services must not include alcoholic beverages in this list if their license does not already permit.

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Nervous time for Crawley & Gatwick Pret A Manger shops as chain announces closure of 30 shops and at least 1,000 job losses

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Pret A Manger is to close 30 of its shops as it struggles to cope with the problems caused by COVID-19.

According to the food chain they had faced ‘significant operating losses’ during lockdown.

The closure puts around 1,000 jobs at risk and the chain has said it will make these closures before the end of this year whilst also reducing staff in its other locations.

Crawley has one Pret A Manager within The Martletts with several others located within Gatwick Airport itself.

It is not yet clear which shops will close but with jobs cuts to come across its shops it will be a very nervous time for Crawley’s shop staff to see if they are affected in any way.

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