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Newsagents, post offices and forecourt shops are among the small number of retail outlets that can remain open for business following Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s announcement of a lockdown in Britain tonight.

Unveiling the news in an address to the nation tonight (23rd March 2020), Mr Johnson said that people must stay at home, unless they need to get essentials – such as basic food, go to work, exercise or seek medical help.

All shops selling non essential items, such as clothing, are closing immediately.

National President Stuart Reddish said:

“It has been confirmed that newsagents, post offices and forecourt shops can remain open after tonight and that our members can continue to offer a lifeline delivery service as Mr Johnson instructed people to only go out for essentials and to use delivery services wherever necessary.

“However, I would encourage members to follow certain steps such as looking at their opening hours and cashflow as there will be times when there are very few customers around.  The safety of staff and customers is paramount so employees should wear protective gloves and it will be good practice to limit the number of people in your shop at one time.  Be sure to follow the government and public health guidelines.”

Government guidance on business which can stay open –

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