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Guide to Canterbury district in lockdown

Updated: 13 January 2021

Canterbury, along with the rest of England, is currently in national lockdown. The Government is instructing people to stay at home. The restrictions will be reviewed in mid-February. 

Remember to follow the latest government guidelines by staying at home and acting responsibly when out and about for exercise or essential journeys. 

Until we're able to welcome you again in person, you can still discover Canterbury's city, coast, and countryside from the comfort and safety of your own home as a #VirtualVisitor. Follow #BringingCanterburyToYou or visit, where we share with you ideas to inspire future trips, as well as content to explore, entertain, and educate. 

Overview of what can open and what must close

  • All non-essential retail, hospitality, and personal care services must close, or remain closed. Restaurants can continue delivery, takeaway, or click-and-collect of food and non-alcoholic drinks. But venues will no longer be able to serve takeaway or click-and-collect alcohol. 
  • Essential shops and garden centres can remain open.
  • Entertainment venues and animal attractions such as zoos must close, but the outdoor areas of venues such as heritage homes and botanical gardens can remain open, to be used for exercise. 

See our guides to businesses offering delivery, takeaway and click-and-collect services, so you can continue to support all your favourite local businesses:

  • Playgrounds may also stay open. You can find your local playground here.
  • Primary schools, secondary schools, and colleges must move to online learning – except for vulnerable children and children of key workers. Nurseries will continue to be open. 

Find inspiration your child’s home-schooling from our local museums:

Public outdoor places still open

Outdoor sports venues, including tennis courts, golf courses, and swimming pools, must close.

The government has published guidance for people who are fit and well.

People can exercise in a public outdoor place alone, with the people they live with, with their support bubble (if you are legally permitted to form one), in a childcare bubble where providing childcare or, when alone, with one person from another household

While national lockdown restrictions are in place, it’s important to make the most of your daily exercise. If you live locally, see our things to do outside in Canterbury for daily exercise ideas. 

We are working hard to keep information on our website as up-to-date as possible. Due to the ever-changing nature of the current situation, we ask you to please check with the individual businesses, restaurants, hotels, attractions, cafes, pubs, and shops directly.

While visiting Canterbury please respect and protect our beautiful city, coast, and countryside 
We kindly ask you to keep in mind #RespectProtectEnjoy. With more people using the coast and countryside for walking and wellbeing, it is important to keep safe and protect the very environment you are enjoying.

  • Respect – while taking your daily exercise please avoid busy times at your local parks and maybe consider the surrounding countryside for your exercise where there will be fewer people.
  • Protect – follow the government coronavirus guidelines: Wash your hands regularly and use hand sanitiser when entering a building. Cover your face when in enclosed spaces, including when entering a shop and on public transport. Make space by staying at least two metres apart (or one metre with a face covering or other safety measures).
  • Enjoy – continue to support Canterbury’s local businesses. Many restaurants, cafes and pubs are offering a takeaway service and some town centre shops are offering a click and collect service.

Businesses across Canterbury, Whitstable and Herne Bay look forward to welcoming you back into our city, towns and high streets after lockdown. They continue to work hard to keep you safe and follow the government’s covid guidelines. For example, adapting their spaces to allow you to maintain social distance, wearing face coverings, having hand sanitising stations, introducing one way systems and reduced capacity, taking online bookings only, offering contactless collection and delivery, and, where applicable, following the government's Track and Trace guidelines. 

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