Live: Bookshops to close once again amid new restrictions

Live: Bookshops to close once again amid new restrictions

New lockdown regulations in Wales, Ireland and England will see bookshops closing their doors once again in the coming weeks.  

In Wales, the so-called “firebreak” lockdown began on Friday 23rd October and will last until 9th November. People are advised to stay at home, with gatherings of more than one household both inside and outside banned. 

In Ireland, restrictions similar to the first national lockdown will came into force on Wednesday 21st October. The rules, in place for six weeks but reviewed after four, will see people asked to stay at home and non-essential shops told to close.

Whilst in England, lockdown will start tomorrow (Thursday 5th November) and restrictions — which include non-essential retail, including bookshops, having to close for browsing— will be in place until Wednesday 2nd December. 

See our guide below on how bookshops in affected areas are continuing to operate under new regulations. 

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South England
North England

Chepstow Books, Chepstow - Customers can place orders online, via email or by phone (01291 625011). A member of staff will be in the shop each day 10am – 2pm to take calls and offer advice, they will call customers back if you leave a message outside of those hours. Orders can be delivered locally, nationally and internationally. The shop currently plans to re-open on 9th November and hopes to remain open until 4pm on Christmas Eve. 

Cover to Cover, Mumbles, Swansea - Staff will still be trading behind closed doors during the "firebreak". Titles are available through the online shop, but can also be ordered via email, phone (01792 366363) and social media

The Dragon's Garden, Llanwrda, Carmarthenshire - The shop is closed and hoping to re-open on Monday 9th November (subject to lockdown restrictions). In the meantime, orders can be paced online, via email, social media or phone (01550 777915). Local deliveries will be undertaken by staff. 

Griffin Books, Penarth, South Wales - The shop will be closed to the public from Saturday 24th October to Sunday 8th November inclusive, in line with the Wales government requirements. However staff will continue taking orders via the online shop, via email, phone (029 2070 6455) and social media. Orders can be collected from a town centre location or we will deliver free of charge within Penarth. Orders can also be posted anywhere in the UK and beyond! The shops programme of virtual author events will continue as scheduled.

Alan Hanna's Bookshop, Dublin - Staff are still providing takeaway and delivery (€5). Orders can be placed via the website and over the phone (01 496 7398). They are active with book recommendations on social media

Books On the Green, Dublin - Whilst the shop is closed to the public, orders can be placed over the phone (+353 1 283 7909), via email or  through Facebook. Staff will conduct local deliveries and orders can be posted. Staff are working from 11am to 3pm, Monday to Saturday. Collections from the shop may become available in due course. 

Bookworm Bookshop & Café, Thurles Co.Tipperary - The shop has restricted opening as the store comes under essential retail in a number of areas (take out café, supplies for schools and colleges and PPE supplies). Staff are operating a full click and collect service for book buyers. Books can be ordered via the website, email, phone (050422257), social media or post. Delivery is also available to anywhere in the Republic of Ireland for €2.95. Local deliveries within 5km of the shop are free.

Dingle Bookshop, Dingle- Orders can be made via email or over the phone (066 9152433). Staff will be operating a take-away service every morning from 10.30am-2pm. They can also post orders or hand deliver. Active with recommendations on social media

The Gutter Bookshop, Cow's Lane Dublin & Dalkey - From Thursday 22nd October both of the bookshops will close to the public. Staff will continue to offer a post-out and click & collect service for all web orders. Please do wait for confirmation that your web order is ready before calling to collect. Order processing is currently taking approx 48 hours for in-stock items. 

Kenny's Bookshop, Galway - Orders placed online will continue to be processed as normal throughout the lockdown. Follow them on Twitter for updates and online events. 

Raven Books, Dublin - The physical shop is closed. Staff are accepting orders via email, phone (01 278 9509), text (086 339 0231) and via social media. The shop has a contact-free collection point at the door, will deliver within 2km of the shop, and can post all orders. 

Sheelagh na Gig, Cloughjordan, Co Tipperary - Customers can order online, via email, phone (0505 42123) or message to order books or discuss that "perfect bookish present". Orders can be posted or collected from the shop. Follow them on social media for new stock updates and recommendations. 

Gallic Belgravia - The shop will close on the 5th November but the shop will be staffed weekdays from 10am until 4pm, taking orders online, via phone (020 7259 9336) and email, with free UK shipping on all orders (no minimum spend). Staff are also introducing a click & collect service, which can be organised by phone or email. 

Bookmarks - The shop will remain open during lockdown for orders placed online, via email, and by phone (0207 637 1848).
Bookseller Crow - During the lockdown orders can be placed online, via email or by phone (020 8771 8831) for collection — Staff will be operating a click and collect system and can offer local delivery, likely on a Sunday. If necessary, orders can also be placed via social media. Staff are also happy to wrap and send books as gifts.

Newham Bookshop - Orders can be placed via by email or phone (020 8552 9993) and will be delivered via local bike couriers or by post for £2.

Pages of Hackney - The online shop can be used to to browse the current stock which changes daily. They offer collection, local bike delivery, or post for further afield. Please email staff for anything you can’t see on their website, for recommendations, Pages tokens, or more information about their Year of Books subscription.

South England 
Aardvark Books, Herefordshire - Orders can be placed by phone (01547 530 744), email, or online. Staff are active on Twitter.

Mr B's Emporium, Bath - Orders can be placed online, with staff adding more books to the website everyday. Orders can also be placed via email and by phone (01225 331155) 9.30am-5.30pm Monday to Saturday. If you’re local to Bath they can also offer a prepaid order collection service, or orders can be posted. 

North England
Forum Books, Corbridge - Orders can still be placed online, by phone (01434 632931) and via email.  

Plackitt & Booth, Lytham - Click & Collect daily from 5th November 10am-4pm. Call 01253 796 958 for same day or next day collection. Free delivery in Lytham for those isolating. Staff hope to have an online shop by the end of the week. 

Portal Bookshop, York - The shop specialises in LGBT+ and diverse sci-fi fantasy. Staff are adding inventory to their online shop as quickly as possible, readers can email or contact them on social media if they can't find what they are looking for.