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Business sector types

Definitions of business sector types relating to those in the Non-Essential Retail, Hospitality, Accommodation, Leisure, Personal Care and Gym sectors are shown below:

Non-essential retail: a business that is open to the public and is used mainly or wholly for the purposes of retail sale or hire of goods or services, where the primary purpose of products or services provided are not necessary to the health and well-being of the public.

Hospitality: a business whose main function is to provide a venue for the consumption and sale of food and drink

Leisure: a business that provides opportunities, experiences and facilities, in particular for culture, recreation, entertainment, celebratory events, days and nights out, betting and gaming

Accommodation: a business whose main lodging provision is used for holiday, travel and other purposes.

Gym & Sport: a commercial establishment where physical exercise or training is conducted on an individual basis or group basis, using exercise equipment or open floor space with or without instruction, or where individual and group sporting, athletic and physical activities are participated in competitively or recreationally.

Personal care: a business which provides a service, treatment or activity for the purposes of personal beauty, hair, grooming, body care and aesthetics, and wellbeing.

Non-essential retail

Examples of qualifying businesses

  • Animal groomers
  • Antique stores
  • Art gallery
  • Auction rooms
  • Betting offices
  • Book shops
  • Car auction
  • Car showrooms
  • Car supermarkets
  • Car washes (standalone)
  • Car/caravan sales/display/hiring sites
  • Carpet stores
  • Charity shops
  • Clothes shops
  • Departmental stores
  • Electronic goods and mobile phone shops
  • Florists
  • Furniture shops
  • Gift shops
  • Homeware shops
  • Jewellers
  • Make-up shops
  • Markets (other than livestock)
  • Musical instrument shop
  • Non essential food shop
  • Photography studios
  • Plant nurseries
  • Sales kiosks
  • Sales offices
  • Scrap metal sales
  • Showrooms, e.g. kitchen, bathroom, tile, glazing
  • Sofa shops
  • Sporting goods
  • Stationery shops
  • Sweet shops
  • Tobacco and vape stores
  • Travel agents

Examples of ineligible businesses

  • Food retailers
  • Food markets
  • Supermarkets
  • Convenience stores
  • Corner shops
  • Off licences
  • Breweries
  • Pharmacies and chemists
  • Newsagents
  • Animal rescue centres and boarding facilities
  • Building merchants
  • Petrol stations
  • Vehicle repair and MOT services
  • Bicycle shops
  • Taxi and vehicle hire businesses
  • Education providers including tutoring services
  • Banks, building societies and other financial providers
  • Post offices
  • Funeral directors
  • Laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • Medical practices
  • Veterinary surgeries
  • Pet shops
  • Agricultural supply shops
  • Garden centres
  • Storage and distribution facilities
  • Wholesalers
  • Employment agencies and businesses
  • Office buildings
  • Automatic car washes
  • Mobility support shops


Examples of qualifying businesses

  • Cafes
  • Food courts
  • Public houses/pub restaurants
  • Restaurants
  • Roadside restaurants
  • Wine bars

Examples of ineligible businesses

  • Food businesses whose main service is takeaway
  • Food kiosks
  • Takeaways


Examples of qualifying businesses

  • Amusement arcades including adult gaming centres
  • Amusement parks
  • Animal attractions at farms
  • Aquariums
  • Arenas
  • Bingo halls
  • Botanical gardens
  • Bowling alleys
  • Casinos and gambling clubs
  • Cinemas
  • Circus
  • Clubs & institutions
  • Concert halls
  • Conference centres
  • Events venues
  • Exhibition centres including for use as banquet halls and other events
  • Go karting
  • Heritage railways
  • Hostess bars
  • Ice rinks
  • Indoor riding centres
  • Miniature railways
  • Model villages
  • Museums and art galleries
  • Night clubs & discotheques
  • Pavilions
  • Pleasure piers
  • Public halls
  • Roller skating rinks
  • Sexual entertainment venues
  • Shisha bars, waterpipe consumption venues
  • Soft play centres or areas
  • Stately homes & historic houses
  • Theatres
  • Theme parks
  • Tourist attractions
  • Village halls & scout huts, cadet huts etc.
  • Visitor attractions at film studios
  • Wedding venues
  • Wildlife centres
  • Zoos & safari parks

Examples of ineligible businesses

  • All retail businesses
  • Telescopes
  • Coach tour operators
  • Tour operators
  • Town and Parish Council owned premises


Examples of qualifying businesses

  • B&Bs
  • Boarding houses
  • Campsites
  • Canal boats or other vessels
  • Caravan parks
  • Caravan sites and pitches
  • Catered holiday homes
  • Chalet parks
  • Coaching inns
  • Country house hotels
  • Guest & boarding houses
  • Holiday apartments, cottages or bungalows
  • Holiday homes
  • Hostels
  • Hotels
  • Lodges

Examples of ineligible businesses

  • Private dwellings
  • Education accommodation
  • Beach huts
  • Residential homes
  • Care homes
  • Residential family centres

Gym & Sport

Examples of qualifying businesses

  • Cricket centres
  • Dance schools and centres
  • Dance studios
  • Driving ranges
  • Golf courses
  • Gymnasia/fitness suites
  • Outdoor adventure centres
  • Outdoor sports centres
  • Shooting and archery venues
  • Ski centres
  • Sports and leisure centres
  • Sports courts
  • Squash courts
  • Swimming pools
  • Tennis centres
  • Water sport centres

Examples of ineligible businesses

  • Home gyms
  • Home exercise studios
  • Home sports courts
  • Home sports grounds

Personal care

Examples of qualifying businesses

  • Barbers, groomers
  • Beauticians, aesthetics
  • Beauty salons
  • Hairdressing salons
  • Holistic therapy (reflexology, massage, acupuncture)
  • Massage centres, massage treatments
  • Nail salons
  • Other non-surgical treatments
  • Spas, sauna and steam rooms
  • Tanning salons
  • Tattoo and piercing studios

Examples of ineligible businesses

  • Dental services
  • Opticians
  • Audiology services
  • Chiropody
  • Chiropractors
  • Osteopaths
  • Businesses used solely as training centres for staff, apprentices and others
  • Businesses that only provide personal care goods, rather than services

Other medical or health services, including services which incorporate personal care services, treatments required by those with disabilities and services relating to mental health.