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What non-essential shops are open?

What non-essential shops are open?

By: Sam Robson | 9th June 2020

Guidance from the UK government is changing quickly as coronavirus lockdown restrictions begin to ease. As a result, there’s obviously a demand to learn what shops are open right now.

At the time of writing, we are still advised to keep two metres apart from those outside our household. So understandably, not everyone wants to wander the streets to see if the lights are on at our favourite businesses! (Likewise, currently we’re advised not to travel on public transport if we can avoid it, though it can be tricky to get around cities like London without relying on TfL.)

How can I find out what shops are open now?

Helpfully, Mastercard has launched a new site, www.ShopOpenings.com, which will help Brits establish what shops are open in real-time.

The site covers a wide variety of businesses, from department stores to dry-cleaners, bars to book shops, and most other industries you can think of.

You can search purely by location using its map function, and see what’s open near you. Or you can include the merchant’s name and find out if there’s an branch of that particular store. (You can set parameters of 250 metres, 500 metres or 1km from the post code you’ve entered.)

How does it work?

Any successful Mastercard-branded card transaction logged at a shop that falls under one of the 35+ business categories currently listed on the site indicates that the store is open, and this data feeds into the site within 48 hours of the payment. 

It’s worth knowing that while some shops may be marked as having ‘No info’, they’re not necessarily closed. It just means that there hasn’t been any Mastercard activity there yet.


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