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 

Businesses and Premises that have to close

Assembly and leisureExceptions
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 
CasinosBetting Shops may open
Indoor Skating rinksOutdoor 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 facilitiesAny 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 
Bowling Alleys 

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.


Businesses that can open

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 venueGuidance 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.

PCC Covid Advice for Pubs, Clubs, Bars and Restaurants Selling Alcohol  and Further guidance on restaurants, pubs, bars and takeaway services

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 housesThe 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
Non-residential institutions 
Places of worship

PCC Advice for Employers and GOV.UK reopening from 4th July

Community centresThe government strongly advises against community centres opening for indoor fitness and sport activity.
Personal care 
Hair salons and barbers, including mobile businessesNo 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


Nail bars/salons

Beauty salons

Tanning booths and salons

Massage parlours

Tattoo parlours

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:

  • face waxing, sugaring or threading services
  • facial treatments
  • advanced facial technical (electrical or mechanical)
  • eyelash treatments
  • make-up application
  • derma rolling
  • derma planing
  • microblading
  • electrolysis on the face
  • eyebrow treatments
  • intricate detailing, outlining or shaving of beards
  • advanced beauty therapy and aesthetic treatments (this does not apply to medical settings)

PCC Advice for Employers  and Further guidance on close contact service

Recreation and leisureAll 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 hallsAt 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

PCC Advice for Employers 

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.

PCC Advice for Employers

Museums and galleriesPCC Advice for Employers and Heritage Locations
Bingo halls 
Outdoor skating rinks 
Amusement arcades and other entertainment centresClose 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 villagesPCC Advice for Employers 
Social clubsPCC 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 attractionPCC Advice for Employers and The Visitor Economy
Indoor and outdoor areas of visitor attractions including, gardens, heritage sites, film studios and landmarksPCC Advice for Employers, Heritage Locations and The Visitor Economy
Other workplaces 
Factories & WarehousesPCC Advice for Employers 
Offices & Call CentresPCC Advice for Employers 
Government Offices & Buildings 
Care HomesPCC Advice for Employers
Animal BusinessesPCC Advice for Employers and PCC Advice for Animal Businesses


Open premises which should be closed

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 a premises which should be closed

Report an open premises which should be closed by completing the following online form:

Report a coronavirus issue form

You can also use this form to report Social Distancing Concerns in Premises that are open.

Employers and employees at work

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:

  • stay at home as much as possible
  • work from home if you can
  • limit contact with other people
  • keep your distance if you go out (2 metres apart where possible)
  • wash your hands regularly

Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms.

GOV.UK - information about what you can and cannot do

Re-opening Businesses

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