The Fitzrovia Partnership is a Business Improvement District representing businesses in the heart of London’s Fitzrovia.

Telephone: 020 3146 4260

11 -13 Bayley Street, London, WC1B 3HD


COVID-19: What Is Open Or Closed During Lockdown

Now the government has called for the majority of people to stay at home, stop social gatherings, keep 2 metre distance if going out is absolutely necessary and for most shops and schools to close, where can you go for your essentials?

Places that are open

  • Parks.
  • Supermarkets.
  • Food shops.
  • Health shops.
  • Pharmacies including non-dispensing chemists.
  • Car rentals.
  • Pet shops.
  • Corner shops.
  • Newsagents.
  • Post offices.
  • Banks.
  • Pharmacies including non-dispensing chemists.
  • Petrol stations.
  • Bicycle shops.
  • Home and hardware stores.
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners.

Places ordered to be closed

  • Restaurants and cafes (exceptions: offering food delivery and takeaway.)
  • Workplace canteens (exceptions: canteens in hospitals, care homes, schools, prisons and military canteens, services providing food or drink to the homeless.)
  • Pubs.
  • Hotels.
  • Bars and nightclubs including bars in hotels and members clubs.
  • Hair, beauty and nail salons.
  • Piercing and tattoo parlours.
  • Massage parlours.
  • Auction houses.
  • Car showrooms.
  • Caravan parks/sites for commercial use (exceptions: Parks where people live permanently or those used by people as interim abodes where their primary residence is not available.)
  • Libraries.
  • Playgrounds.
  • Outdoor gyms.
  • All shops selling non-essential goods including clothing and electronic stores.
  • Community centres, youth centres (exceptions: Halls may remain open to host essential voluntary or public services such as food banks and facilities for homeless people.)
  • Churches, mosques and places of worship (exceptions – they can remain open for “solitary prayer”, funerals with social distancing – the mourners two metres apart and for live streaming.)
  • Cinemas (exceptions: live-streaming of a performance if the group of workers exercise social distancing.)
  • Museums and galleries.
  • Bingo halls.
  • Casinos and betting shops.
  • Spas.
  • Skating rinks.
  • Gyms.
  • Swimming pools.
  • Playgrounds.
  • Enclosed spaces in parks including tennis courts and pitches for football, bowling etc, and outdoor gyms (equipment could become contaminated by human touch.)