Open For Business

4 May 2020. Updated 12 May 2020.
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We want to celebrate those retail and hospitality businesses that have reopened, as well as help people find out what’s open in their area.

But we need your help to build a searchable directory. Please only include those in the retail and hospitality sectors – every conceivable kind of shop, obviously, including hairdressers and the like, although not the big supermarket chains or other essential businesses that never closed. Also cafes, restaurants and – eventually – pubs. Cinemas, theatres, musical venues and comedy clubs, too.

Use the form below to tell us which businesses are open near you. We’re interested in those outlets that are serving customers in person, as well as those only offering deliveries at the moment. Probably best not to include underground businesses, such as nail salons in people’s kitchens, because we don’t want the police to use this as a tool to track down Covid dissidents. We’ve tried to think of every conceivable category in the tick boxes, but use “Other” if you can’t find the one you’re looking for. We’ll add to them in due course.

Use the map below to search for open businesses near you. Just plug in your postcode and you’ll see everything that’s open nearby – and there’s a gizmo that pops up and gives you directions on the left. You can also specify the type of business to search for, by clicking just to the left of the “Search” button. Thanks in advance for your help with this.

Add business below:

Business Name
Business Address or GPS Location

Or right-click on the map to place a marker

Business Description
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Business Category
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Peter W
Peter W
20 days ago

Great idea, Toby.
Woods have kept people sane by selling building materials. They have done a good job of keeping to the arbitrary 2m rule.
Stephen (the owner) is fairly certain he and his wife had this flu back in January. Of course without serology testing we can’t know what antibody level we’re at. I’m not a Conspiracy Theorist but this lack of urgency for antibody testing is looking suspicious. As far as I know Roche has millions of accurate kits available. I want mine!

Hannah
Hannah
8 days ago
Reply to  Peter W

I ordered an antibody test through Babylon Health. See here: https://www.babylonhealth.com/coronavirus/covid-19-antibody-test

Csaba
Csaba
16 days ago

This list is a very good idea. It encourages people. Great

Polemon2
Polemon2
14 days ago

Toby – Can we add those which never closed, that would add all the supermarkets and mixed use post offices/off- licences? Or do you only want to promote the re-openers?

Jill5
Jill5
14 days ago
Reply to  Polemon2

I think it is mainly for small businesses that reopened OR ever closed. Specifically in categories where a lot of their competition chickened out. So as most large chain supermarkets stayed open no need to add them, but for local businesses they need our support so helping fellow sceptics no where they can get things nearby is helpful.

Jill5
Jill5
14 days ago
Reply to  Jill5

Things like pubs which went to takeaway service right from the start. Or cafes which have done it right throughout when most had shut.

Richard Dale
3 days ago
Reply to  Polemon2

It says….. although not the big supermarket chains or other essential businesses that never closed. 

RyanJMuldoon
RyanJMuldoon
9 days ago

Thanks Toby for setting this up, my car parts business managed to remain open throughout the lockdown. Despite having the smallest market share in my area, we remained the only business open ensuring peoples vehicles remained on the road. Clearly the furlough scheme made it easier for some businesses to close as it meant the costs of closure were lower than the cost of opening with decreased revenue. Keep up the good work Toby.

Maggie Dew
Maggie Dew
7 days ago

I have just added ROCHESTER Cathedral which I know is not technically a business. But I have been so disgusted that the churches have stayed closed I suggested last week that the clergy came out and mingled with the people drinking coffee from the cafe right opposite that had managed to open. Not expecting any positive response, I was delighted yesterday when the Dean of Rochester came out and sat in the garden drinking his coffee amongst us mere mortals. I thought it was worth reporting here. I shall be encouraging more interaction next week!

Beefy
Beefy
7 days ago
Reply to  Maggie Dew

Good on him.

Laura Gallagher
Laura Gallagher
4 days ago

What a great idea. In case any one is in Mid Wales area here are the lists for businesses that are open across Llandrindod Wells, Builth Wells and Rhayader – updated every few days.https://www.facebook.com/laura.gallagher.7146/posts/10159661201249256 on my facebook page.

NothingIsBetterThanCash
NothingIsBetterThanCash
2 days ago

Toby, could we add a field for people to fill in when mentioing the brave businesses which will say whether those businesses are civilised enough to be accepting cash (coins/notes) and have not gone to the gestapo/stasi/ingsoc/chinese-communist-party dream of trackable, blockable, discriminatory cashless payments? That way we can distinguish between good businesses which have merely stayed open to some extent, and the really heroic ones who have stayed fully open and kept normal operations including continued acceptance of the only medium of payment that can be truly trusted and relied upon to work without external infrastrcture.

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