Appendix: Categories of business

 
Category 1

Restaurants, cafes, bars and public houses and other premises businesses listed in Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the 26 March Regulations. They were required by regulation 2(1) of the 21 March Regulations and regulation 4(1) of the 26 March Regulations to close their premises, save for the sale of food or beverages for consumption off the premises.


Category 2

Cinemas, theatres and other businesses listed in Part 2 of Schedule 2 to the 26 March Regulations. These businesses were required to close by Regulation 2(4) of the 21 March Regulations and (in respect of an expanded list of businesses) Regulation 4(4) of the 26 March Regulations.
 

Category 3

Essential shops such as food retailers, petrol stations, pharmacies and other businesses listed in Part 3 of Schedule 2 to the 26 March Regulations. Under the 26 March Regulations these shops were permitted to stay open but had to comply with UK government advice on social distancing and safety.
 

Category 4

Other goods shops such as retail stores that were not “essential shops” listed in Part 3 of Schedule 2 to the 26 March Regulations. These businesses were required under Regulation 5(1) of the 26 March Regulations to cease the business and close, but could continue to operate online/telephone delivery services.
 

Category 5

Businesses not mentioned in the 21 March Regulations or the 26 March Regulations at all, including professional service firms such as accountants and lawyers, as well as construction and manufacturing businesses. They were not expressly required to close, nor expressly permitted to stay open.
 

Category 6

Businesses providing holiday accommodation. These were required to cease business, save for providing accommodation to certain individuals, such as key workers, under Regulation 5(3) of the 26 March Regulations.
 

Category 7

Places of worship, nurseries and schools. Places of worship were required to close under Regulation 5(5) of the 26 March Regulations save for funerals, to broadcast services or provide urgent public support. Nurses and schools were closed from the end of 20 March 2020 (save for vulnerable children, children of critical workers and to provide online lessons). Closures could be enforced under the Coronavirus Act 2020.