Essential shops to stay open during Scotland’s level 4 Boxing Day lockdown

From Boxing Day, most of Scotland will be put into the toughest lockdown tier in order to stop the new strain of Covid-19 spreading.

All non-essential businesses, including gyms, hairdressers, clothes shops, and restaurants, will be forced to close under Tier 4 restrictions, which are set to remain in place for three weeks. Nicola Sturgeon has announced the restrictions during an emergency press briefing on Saturday.

The lockdown will be another blow to retailers during the period of time which is normally a busy Boxing Day sales period after a challenging year for them.

The Western Isles, Shetland, and Orkney are the only exemption and are moved to level three, which allows non-essential retailers to open.

So, what are the essential shops that will be allowed to open in Scotland under level 4?


All food shops, takeaways, markets, supermarkets, newsagents and off-licensed and licensed shops will stay open.

These include Asda, Aldi, M&S, Co-operative, Tesco, Morrisons, Lidl, Scotmid, Sainsbury’s, and Waitrose.


Pharmacies (including non-dispensing pharmacies) and chemists can stay open. These include Specsavers, Superdrug, Vision Express, and Boots.

DIY and homeware

Homeware, bicycle shops, hardware stores, and building supplies will be allowed to open. These include IKEA, B&Q, B&M, Next Home, Homebase, Home Bargains, Pondland, Halfords, Wickes, Timpsons, The Toolbox, and Toolstation.


Garden centers and plant nurseries will be allowed to open, too. These include Dobbies Garden Centre.

Banks and Post office

The Post Office and banks will be open during tier 4 lockdown, including Banks, Credit unions, Short-term loan providers, Savings clubs, Building societies, Post Offices.


Some services relating to travel, such as car sales, are classed as essential. These include Car repair and MOT services, Petrol stations, Garages, Outdoor car lots, Taxi or vehicle hire businesses.

Pets shops and vets

Pet shops and veterinary surgeons are classed as essential.

Medical services

Medical and health services will be allowed to open during lockdown, including Audiology services, Opticians, Chiropractors, Chiropody services, Dental services, Mental health services, and Osteopaths.


Sales which take place in outdoor spaces can serve customers.

Car parks and toilets

Other essential services, including car parks, toilets and storage will be open, including Car parks, Public toilets, Storage, Distribution facilities, Funeral directors, Laundrettes and dry cleaners.

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