Health food retailers, stationery shops and DIY stores stay OPEN to serve ...

A host of shops that closed during the first lockdown but are now classed as 'essential' have kept their doors open as the nation enters a second shutdown.  

As seen under the first lockdown restrictions, all non-essential retailers were forced to close from Thursday. 

But under new lockdown rules a raft of shops have newly been classed as essential, including craft and bargain stores. 

Stationery store Rymans has remained open, and Timpson stores are also welcoming customers. 

Robert Dyas and Wilko stores have also not been forced to shut under the current lockdown restrictions. 

Laundrettes and dry cleaners are also classed as an essential service and allowed to continue serving customers.

Alternative health shops are also classed as essential under the lockdown guidelines.  

Alternative health chain Holland and Barrett has 765 UK stores and counts as an essential retailer because its products cater for people with special dietary needs

Alternative health chain Holland and Barrett has 765 UK stores and counts as an essential retailer because its products cater for people with special dietary needs

Ryman's stationery stores are also open during the second lockdown across the UK

Ryman's stationery stores are also open during the second lockdown across the UK

The Almond and Raisins Health Food store in Newcastle's historic Grainger Market has its doors open after remaining closed during the first lockdown

The Almond and Raisins Health Food store in Newcastle's historic Grainger Market has its doors open after remaining closed during the first lockdown 

Holland and Barrett stores have stayed open and customers are welcome to come in and browse the shelves for healthy food, vitamins and supplements. 

The alternative health chain has over 750 UK stores and counts as an essential retailer because its products cater for people with special dietary needs.

The chain also remained open during the first lockdown as they are classed as a food retailer.   

Safety measures in store include customer limits, sanitising stations, protective screens and protective wear for colleagues.

Anthony Houghton, Group Retail and Property Director,said: 'The health of our colleagues and customers is our biggest priority, and our stores have social distancing measures in place to help everyone in our stores feel as safe as possible.' 

Other independent health food chains are also open to the public. 

The Almond and Raisins Health Food store in Newcastle's historic Grainger Market has its doors open after remaining closed during the first lockdown. 

The shop sells a range of products including minerals and supplements, and aromatherapy and eco-household products. 

Store manager Elizabeth Kemp said they had seen a few customers come in on the first day of the second national lockdown. 

Robert Dyas stores are also welcoming customers in their high street stores around the UK

Robert Dyas stores are also welcoming customers in their high street stores around the UK

The Wilko shop on London's Kensington High Street was also open this morning as the second lockdown began in the UK

The Wilko shop on London's Kensington High Street was also open this morning as the second lockdown began in the UK 

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