Verwood businesses closing for Lockdown 2

As the government announces nation measures in the fight against the coronavirus, non-essential shops are closing for at least a month from November 5th.

We aim to keep the residents of Verwood up-to-date once again through these troubled times with news and information on what help and advice is available.

We will post regular updates on the Verwood Information Alerts public Facebook group, which you can view without being a member of Facebook, or Like to get updates in your timeline.

So far, these companies have announced their plans in line with the government advice:


Champion Barbersclosing November 5th 2020

AJ’s Barbersclosing November 5th 2020

Verwood HubAll services including gym and classes closing November 5th

Verwood Town Council Help Centreclosed to the public from 5th November 2020 due to Government guidelines

Threads and Treadswill close the shop but remain open for online orders

The Hollowwill be closed from November 5th

Verwood Sports and Social Clubclosing on Wednesday night for Lockdown


Essential shops including Morrisons, Tesco Express, Co-op and the Texaco garage remain open. Takeaways can remain open – Costa, Champagne Chinese and Harlees Chippy expected to remain trading, and Al Trullo is offering a takeaway Italian service.

And the good news is the Somerly Household Waste Recycling Centre will remain open but booking is required, as has been the situation since it reopened. Tips operated by Dorest in Wimborne and Longham will also remain open without a booking system in place.

Verwood Surplus Storeopen as normal

The Albionstill open offering food during November

AW Andrews ButcherOpen but with reduced hours. Closed Wednesday afternoons.

Verwood Post Office – Open

Verwood Pet SuppliesOpen during lockdown but may have reduced hours

JJs Snack Shack on Ebblakestaying open for takeaway orders.

Harlees – Staying open.

Willow FlorestryThe shop will be closed bu orders still being taken online, email or phone orders

The Hewson Clinic Staying open for Physiotherapy, Osteopathy and Acupuncture on Ringwood Road.

Frameworks Clinicremains open for appointments on Manor Road.

Harold G Walker SolicitorsService continues but the office is closed to the public

We’ll be adding to this list over the next few days. Please email with your business info.

Businesses and venues which must close

To reduce social contact, the Government has ordered certain businesses and venues to close or restrict how they provide goods and services. These include:

  • Non-essential retail, such as clothing and homeware stores, vehicle showrooms (other than for rental), betting shops, tailors, tobacco and vape shops, electronic goods and mobile phone shops, and market stalls selling non-essential goods. These venues can continue to be able to operate click-and-collect (where goods are pre-ordered and collected off the premises) and delivery services
  • Hospitality venues such as cafes, restaurants, pubs, bars and social clubs; with the exception of providing food and drink for takeaway (before 10pm; and not including alcohol), click-and-collect, drive-through or delivery
  • Accommodation such as hotels, hostels, guest houses and campsites. Except for specific circumstances, such as where these act as someone’s main residence, where they cannot return home, for homeless people, or where it is essential to stay there for work purposes
  • Leisure and sports facilities such as leisure centres and gyms, swimming pools, tennis and basketball courts, golf courses, fitness and dance studios, climbing walls, archery, driving, and shooting ranges
  • Entertainment venues such as theatres, concert halls, cinemas, museums and galleries, casinos, amusement arcades, bingo halls, bowling alleys, skating rinks, go-karting venues, soft play centres and areas, circuses, funfairs, zoos and other animal attractions, water parks, theme parks. Indoor attractions at botanical gardens, heritage homes and landmarks must also close, though outdoor grounds of these premises can stay open
  • Personal care facilities such as hair, beauty, tanning and nail salons. Tattoo parlours, spas, massage parlours, body and skin piercing services must also close. It is also prohibited to provide these services in other peoples’ homes
  • Community centres and halls must close except for a limited number of exempt activities as set out below Libraries can also remain open to provide access to IT and digital services – for example for people who do not have it at home – and for click-and-collect
  • Places of worship, apart from for the purposes of independent prayer, and service broadcasting and funerals

These businesses and places will also be permitted to be open for a small number of exempt activities, including:

  • education and training (including for schools to use sports and leisure facilities where that it part of their normal provision)
  • childcare purposes and supervised activities for children
  • blood donation and food banks
  • to provide medical treatment
  • for elite sports persons (in indoor and outdoor sports facilities), professional dancers and choreographers (in fitness and dance studios)
  • for training and rehearsal without an audience (in theatres and concert halls)
  • for the purposes of professional film and TV filming

Businesses and venues which can remain open

Other businesses are permitted to stay open, following COVID-19 Secure guidelines. This includes those providing essential goods or services, including:

  • Essential retail such as food shops, supermarkets, pharmacies, garden centres, hardware stores, building merchants and off-licences.
  • Petrol Stations, car repair and MOT services, bicycle shops, and taxi and vehicle hire businesses.
  • Banks, building societies, post offices, loan providers and money transfer businesses
  • Funeral directors
  • Launderettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical and dental services
  • Vets and pet shops
  • Agricultural supplies shops
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Car parks, public toilets and motorway service areas.
  • Outdoor playgrounds

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