March 24, 2020

Essential Businesses allowed to stay open

Essential Businesses allowed to stay open

At least bike shops/repair shops not included on list.

The following is an indicative list of what are considered essential retail outlets:

retail and wholesale sale of food, beverages and newspapers in non-specialised and specialised stores

retail sale of household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety and sanitation of residences and businesses

pharmacies/chemists and retailers providing pharmaceuticals, pharmaceutical or dispensing services


retail sale of selling medical and orthopaedic goods in specialised stores

fuel stations and heating fuel providers
retailers involved in the repair of motor vehicles, motorcycles and bicycle repair and related facilities (for example, tyre sales and repairs)

retail sale of essential items for the health and welfare of animals, including animal feed and medicines, animal food, pet food and animal supplies including bedding

laundries and drycleaners

banks, post offices and credit unions

retail sale of safety supply stores (for example, work clothes, Personal Protective Equipment)

hardware stores, builders’ merchants and stores that provide hardware products necessary for home and business maintenance, sanitation and farm equipment, supplies and tools essential for gardening/farming/agriculture

retail sale of office products and services for individuals working from home and for businesses

retailers providing electrical, IT and phone sales, repair and maintenance services for home

The above outlets must implement the following social distancing measures:

Ensure adequate distancing between customers and retail a**istants in line with public health guidelines

Only let people into the store in small groups and ensure spaces are not crowded

Manage queues inside and outside the door

Consider designating certain times of the day to facilitate vulnerable groups

Provide online services where possible and appropriate to minimise footfall

Offer contactless payment where possible

Parents are encouraged to avoid taking children when visiting essential retail outlets.

Source: Essential Businesses allowed to stay open