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 Barbers – closing November 5th 2020
AJ’s Barbers – closing November 5th 2020
Verwood Town Council Help Centre – closed to the public from 5th November 2020 due to Government guidelines
Threads and Treads – will close the shop but remain open for online orders
The Hollow – will be closed from November 5th
Verwood Sports and Social Club – closing 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 Store – open as normal
The Albion – still open offering food during November
AW Andrews Butcher – Open but with reduced hours. Closed Wednesday afternoons.
Verwood Post Office – Open
Verwood Pet Supplies – Open during lockdown but may have reduced hours
JJs Snack Shack on Ebblake – staying open for takeaway orders.
Harlees – Staying open.
The Hewson Clinic – Staying open for Physiotherapy, Osteopathy and Acupuncture on Ringwood Road.
Frameworks Clinic – remains open for appointments on Manor Road.
Harold G Walker Solicitors – Service continues but the office is closed to the public
We’ll be adding to this list over the next few days. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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
From Thursday 5 November until 2 December, you must stay at home.
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) October 31, 2020