Will Primark close in second lockdown?

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Lockdown number two starts in England on Thursday, November 5, and Brits are rushing out to stockpile and buy everything they need for the four weeks ahead. Primark lovers are heading straight to the budget clothing store to get their fix, but will Primark close in the second lockdown?

Coronavirus case numbers have been rising rapidly across the entire nation, with a staggering 23,254 cases recorded on Sunday, November 1.

In order to control the spread of the virus and bring numbers down, the Government has decided to put the country back into lockdown.

This means staying home and only leaving your home for specific purposes, along with closing certain businesses.

The news was announced on Saturday evening, giving people in England four full days to prepare for a month in lockdown.

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From Thursday until December 2, UK residents may only leave their homes for the following reasons:

  • for childcare or education, where this is not provided online
  • for work purposes, where your place of work remains open and where you cannot work from home (including if your job involves working in other people’s homes)
  • to exercise outdoors or visit an outdoor public place – with the people you live with, with your support bubble or, when on your own, with 1 person from another household (children under school age, as well as those dependent on round-the-clock care, such as those with severe disabilities, who are with their parents will not count towards the limit on two people meeting outside).
  • for any medical concerns, reasons, appointments and emergencies, or to avoid or escape risk of injury or harm – such as domestic abuse
  • to visit members of your support bubble or provide care for vulnerable people, or as a volunteer
  • shopping for basic necessities, for example food and medicine, which should be as infrequent as possible

Are clothing shops closing?

Not only can Brits only shop for basic necessities in person during lockdown, all non-essential retail will be closed from Thursday.

This includes but isn’t limited to clothing and electronics stores, vehicle showrooms, travel agents, betting shops, auction houses, tailors, car washes, tobacco and vape shops.

However, the Government is allowing food shops, supermarkets, garden centres and certain other retailers providing essential goods and services can remain open.

Non-essential retail such as clothing shops can remain open for delivery to customers and click-and-collect.

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Will Primark close in second lockdown?

From Thursday, November 5, Primark stores in England will be closed.

The eight stores in Wales have been closed since the start of the Welsh lockdown on October 23.

The owner of Primark has said that another lockdown could result in a loss of £375m for the company.

Associated British Foods said around 57 percent of Primark’s store estate will be forced to close, since non-essential must now close in England from Thursday.

Shoppers have been flooding the 118 Primark stores in the UK this week to fill their bags with clothes and other non-essential items.

Primark famously does not have an online shopping option, but you can browse and find items in stores.

The new rules are allowing some non-essential retail stores to offer click-and-collect.

However, because Primark does not have an online store this seems unlikely.

You can still buy some Primark items online on Amazon

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