This information is correct at the time of publishing on the 13 July 2020.
Certain business and venues have to close under the Coronavirus Regulations. These are mainly businesses that involve members of the public mixing.
The government is slowly relaxing the restrictions, as they implement the 'Plan to rebuild' and we will endeavour to ensure the information on this page is as up to date and accurate as possible.
Visit our re-opening workplaces advice and our pages on Employers and Employees advice during Covid-19 for information and guidance for businesses on re-opening safely and links to sector specific guidance from the government and trade bodies.
To view the Coronavirus regulations please visit legislation - The Health Protection (Coronavirus Restrictions) (no 2) (England) Regulations 2020
|Assembly and leisure||Exceptions|
|Dance halls, discotheques, and any other venue which—|
(a)opens at night
(b)has a dance floor or other space for dancing by members of the public (and for these
purposes members of the venue in question are to be considered members of the public)
(c) provides music, whether live or recorded, for dancing.
|If premises cease to provide music and dancing they may open.|
|Sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars|
|Casinos||Betting Shops may open|
|Indoor Skating rinks||Outdoor skating rinks may open|
|Indoor fitness studios, gyms, swimming pools, bowling alleys, amusement arcades, soft play areas, indoor games, recreation and entertainment venues or other leisure centre facilities||Any suitable assembly or leisure premises may open for blood donation sessions.|
|Arcades, bowling alleys, soft play centres and similar|
|Indoor Swimming pools and water parks|
|Indoor play areas including soft play|
|Indoor fitness and dance studios|
|Indoor Gyms, and sports courts and facilities|
Conference centres and exhibition halls, so far as they are used to host conferences, exhibitions or trade shows other than conferences or events which are attended only by employees of the person who owns or is responsible for running the conference centre or exhibition hall.
If your workplace is one which is exempt or not included in the governments list, then you are encouraged to remain open and continue to trade, if you are able to do so.
|Business or venue||Guidance for re-opening safely|
|Food and drink|
|All indoor and outdoor hospitality that are self-contained and can be accessed from the outside. This includes, restaurants, cafes, bars, pubs and workplace canteens.|
People should only visit a restaurant in their household groups (or support bubbles), or with one other household, or with up to five other people outdoors.
If a venue is part of a premises that must remain closed, but can be accessed from the outside through separate doors it may open.
|Hotels, hostels, bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments or homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses||The government strongly advises that shared sleeping spaces (i.e. dormitory rooms) should not open to any groups, except those travelling within the current government guidance on social mixing outside of household groups.|
Other shared facilities (including shared showers and kitchens, but not toilets) should not open, except on campsites (and only in accordance with government guidelines for cleaning and usage)
PCC Advice for Employers and The Visitor Economy
|Places of worship|
|Community centres||The government strongly advises against community centres opening for indoor fitness and sport activity.|
|Hair salons and barbers, including mobile businesses||No treatments shall be provided to the face, this includes intricate detailing, outlining or shaving of beards.|
PCC Advice for Employers and Further guidance on close contact service
Tanning booths and salons
Body and skin piercing services
"No treatments are to be provided on the face until government advice changes. Examples of such services would include the following, though this list is not exhaustive:
|Recreation and leisure||All recreation and leisure businesses and facilities are strongly advised to follow guidance on operating within the visitor economy and guidance for providers of sports and leisure facilities.|
|Cinemas, theatres and concert halls||At this time, venues should not permit live performances, including drama, comedy and music, to take place in front of a live audience. This is important to mitigate the risks of aerosol transmission - from either the performer(s) or their audience. There will be further guidance setting out how performing arts activity can be managed safely in other settings, for instance rehearsing or broadcast without an audience.|
|Outdoor swimming pools and water parks|
It is strongly advised that close-contact activity only occurs within a household group/bubble or with one other household/bubble. See guidance on forming a support bubble
|Funfairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities|
|Outdoor gyms and playgrounds|
Indoor Gyms must remain closed. Indoor gyms should not move indoor equipment outside (e.g. weight machines, rowing machines, running machines) due to health and safety risks. It would be acceptable to hold classes outdoors using basic equipment such as mats or gym balls as long as they are disinfected between clients. Clients should not be permitted access to the building except for toilet use.
It would be acceptable for gyms to purchase and install specialist outdoor equipment such as that found in parks etc.
|Museums and galleries||PCC Advice for Employers and Heritage Locations|
|Outdoor skating rinks|
|Amusement arcades and other entertainment centres||Close contact activity such as visiting an entertainment centre should only be conducted within a household group/bubble or with one other household/bubble.|
Certain activities that take place in these venues, including indoor sports and fitness are advised not to take place.
|Model villages||PCC Advice for Employers|
|Social clubs||PCC Advice for Employers|
|Indoor attractions at aquariums, zoos, safari parks, farms, wildlife centres and any place where animals are exhibited to the public as an attraction||PCC Advice for Employers and The Visitor Economy|
|Indoor and outdoor areas of visitor attractions including, gardens, heritage sites, film studios and landmarks||PCC Advice for Employers, Heritage Locations and The Visitor Economy|
|Factories & Warehouses||PCC Advice for Employers|
|Offices & Call Centres||PCC Advice for Employers|
|Government Offices & Buildings|
|Care Homes||PCC Advice for Employers|
|Animal Businesses||PCC Advice for Employers and PCC Advice for Animal Businesses|
The Police and ourselves have powers to close businesses that remain open against the government orders.
We will advise the business of the legislation and if necessary use our powers to ensure compliance. Remaining open is a criminal offence. Responsible persons (Owners,Managers, Directors etc) can be issued with a Fixed Penalty Notice or Prosecuted.
Report an open premises which should be closed by completing the following online form:
You can also use this form to report Social Distancing Concerns in Premises that are open.
For advice on social distancing and infection control measures please visit our advice for employers and employees page.
We can all help control the virus if we all stay alert. This means you must:
Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.
Many businesses are now thinking about re-opening, before you do you should view our pages on Re-opening Workplace After the Closure Period and if you are a Food Business view our pages Re-opening Food Businesses after Prolonged Closures. for helpful advice and important matters to consider.
For further information or advice contact Environmental Health on 01772 906907 or firstname.lastname@example.org