As we mark the end of our first week of the second nationwide lockdown, many people still have questions about government rules.
All non-essential businesses were closed until December 2 in an effort to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
This has left a handful of businesses open, but it can be difficult to know which businesses might be considered essential under the foreclosure restrictions.
One area that people are interested in is in dog groomers, whether or not they are allowed to continue operating and, if so, what rules apply.
Are dog groomers open during containment?
The government has confirmed dog groomers can stay open for the lockdown if they adhere to certain restrictions.
Owners may only take their dog for grooming if it is deemed essential – for example, if it concerns the welfare of the animal.
Handling the dog should also follow a set of rules, as contact should be minimized between the pet owner and the groomer. Social distancing must also be respected at all times.
Dog grooming should only be done by appointment and groomers are not permitted to visit an infected or self-isolating home.
All equipment should be disinfected between uses.
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Government guidance on coronaviruses
Non-essential businesses, including most shops, pubs and restaurants, were forced to close until December 2.
People have to stay home for a few permitted reasons, such as exercising with your household or alone, education, medical reasons, and food purchases.
The new rules also mean that you can only meet one person outside who is not in your household, but single adult households can still form a bubble of support.