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Closing certain businesses and venues in England

Updated 24 December 2020

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This publication is available at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/further-businesses-and-premises-to-close/closing-certain-businesses-and-venues-in-england

This page explains the rules about business closures in England, including those required by the creation of Tier 4 on 20 December.

There are 4 tiers for local restrictions:

  • Tier 1: Medium
  • Tier 2: High
  • Tier 3: Very High
  • Tier 4: Stay at Home

The toughest measures are targeted in areas where the virus is most prevalent or where we are seeing sharper increases in the rate of infection.

In Tiers 1-3, most businesses and venues are allowed to open, following COVID-19 Secure guidelines. In Tier 4, tighter restrictions are in place, most businesses and venues are required to close.

This guidance sets out the restrictions that certain businesses and venues in England are required to follow.

1. Businesses subject to restrictions

The following businesses are subject to restrictions or closure:

Retail

Tiers 1-3

Retail businesses, including markets, may remain open in Tiers 1-3 except for non-self-contained shops that are based inside closed premises and cannot be accessed directly from the street.

Door-to-door sales should not be taking place, and sales activities should be conducted remotely (such as by phone, online, or mail).

Tier 3

Markets may open, however where there are larger events with activities such as funfairs, local authorities may choose to prevent these from going ahead if they are concerned about the safety practices or transmission risk.

Betting shops may remain open, but should implement additional mitigations set out in separate guidance.

Tier 4

Businesses permitted to open

The following businesses and venues that provide goods for sale or hire are permitted to remain open, including if they operate from a market stall, or at a defined concession within a shopping centre:

  • food retailers, including food markets, supermarkets, convenience stores and corner shops. This also includes fresh food retailers (such as butchers, bakers, greengrocers, fishmongers, and delicatessens)
  • off licenses and licensed shops selling alcohol
  • pharmacies (including non-dispensing pharmacies) and chemists
  • mobility and disability support shops
  • newsagents
  • builders’ merchants and suppliers of products and tools used in building work and repairs. This does not include carpet stores, and showrooms such as those for bathrooms, kitchens, tiles, and glazing
  • garden centres, agricultural supplies shops, and natural Christmas tree retailers. This does not include florists or nurseries
  • veterinary surgeons, animal rescue centres, boarding facilities and pet shops. Animal grooming facilities may also stay open but must only be used for the purposes of an animal’s welfare (and not for aesthetic purposes)
  • dental services, opticians, audiology services, chiropody, chiropractors, osteopaths and other medical or health services, including services relating to mental health
  • banks, building societies, credit unions, short term loan providers, savings clubs, cash points and undertakings which by way of business operate currency exchange offices, transmit money (or any representation of money) by any means or cash cheques which are made payable to customers
  • post offices
  • funeral directors
  • laundrettes and dry cleaners
  • bicycle shops, vehicle repair and MOT services
  • petrol stations and automatic car washes
  • taxi or vehicle hire businesses and motorway service areas

Storage and distribution facilities including delivery drop off or collection points, are also able to open where the facilities are in the premises of a business allowed to remain open.

For example, you can return an order to a drop box in a supermarket or drop it off for collection in a newsagents. Deliveries of supplies can also go ahead for premises that are otherwise required to close by law.

Businesses that provide services (rather than goods) – such as accountants, solicitors, and estate agents – are not required to close, unless listed below.

This includes businesses which have as their main activity repair services, such as electronics repair services. This does not include shops that would otherwise be considered non-essential retail, such as a mobile phone store that offers some repairs.

Businesses providing services that are permitted to remain open should take steps to ensure they are COVID-19 Secure including, where possible, providing services remotely or virtually.

Businesses required to close

Any business or venue that provides goods for sale or hire and is not listed above must close (other than where there is an explicit exemption for a specific purpose). They may continue offering delivery and click-and-collect services (where items are pre-ordered and collected without entering the premises). People can also leave home to collect or return orders from these businesses.

These closures include, but are not limited to, the following premises:

  • clothing and fashion stores and tailors
  • homeware stores
  • carpet stores
  • kitchen, bathroom, tile, and glazing showrooms
  • tobacco and vape shops
  • electronic goods and mobile phone shops
  • charity shops
  • photography studios and antique stores
  • markets (except livestock markets or stalls which fall under the list of essential businesses above, for example those selling food)
  • car and other vehicle showrooms and other premises, including outdoor areas, used for the sale or hire of caravans, boats or any vehicle which can be propelled by mechanical means. However taxi or vehicle hire businesses can continue. For example a customer could order a rental vehicle online and collect it in person.
  • car washes (except for automatic car washes)
  • auction houses (except for auctions of livestock or agricultural equipment)
  • betting shops

Door-to-door sales should not be taking place, and sales activities should be conducted remotely (such as by phone, online, or mail).

Guidance on mixed retail

A business selling a significant amount of essential retail may also continue to sell goods typically sold at non-essential retail. For example, a supermarket that sells food is not required to close off or cordon off aisles selling homeware.

Where a business selling essential retail has another, separate business embedded within it that is required to close, the embedded business must close. For example, an electronics business operating a concession within a supermarket must close, as would a bookstore inside a garden centre.

Where a business has sufficiently distinct parts, and one section provides essential retail and one section provides non-essential retail, the non-essential sections should close to limit interactions between customers and the opportunity for the disease to spread. Sufficiently distinct sections might involve operating in separate buildings, across separate floors, a door between sections, using separate cashiers, or another clear demarcation between sections. For example a food shop may stay open, but a homeware section on a separate floor or separate building should close.

Hospitality

Tier 1

Hospitality businesses selling food or drink for consumption on their premises must:

  • provide table service only in premises that serve alcohol. In cinemas, theatres, concert halls and sports grounds, food and drink can be ordered at a bar or restaurant to be consumed when seated in the auditorium or area where the screening/performance/match is taking place. This is limited to only those with tickets. When it is to be consumed in the bar or restaurant itself, full table service must be provided.
  • not provide shared smoking equipment (including for shisha) for use on the premises
  • close between 11pm and 5am. Hospitality venues in airports, ports, on public transport services, the Folkestone international rail terminal, and in motorway service areas are exempt, but alcohol must not be served after 11pm
  • cease taking orders after 10pm. Customers must leave premises by 11pm

Hospitality businesses and venues selling food and drink for consumption off the premises can continue to do so through delivery and click-and-collect (where orders are made online, by telephone or by post), drive-through or takeaway until 11pm. This may continue after 11pm, with the exception of takeaway, which must cease. Venues offering click-and-collect or delivery services must not include alcoholic beverages if their license does not already permit.

Hospitality venues can host up to 15 people attending wedding or civil partnership ceremonies, receptions and wakes.

Tier 2

Hospitality businesses must follow the restrictions set out in tier 1 and can only serve alcohol for consumption on the premises as part of a substantial meal, and the meal is such as might be expected to be served as breakfast, the main midday or main evening meal.

In addition to the restrictions set out in tier 1, cinemas, theatres, concert halls and sports grounds are exempt from having to serve a substantial meal with alcohol for customers who have a ticket to the screening/performance/match and intend to consume whilst seated and watching the event. When alcohol is to be consumed in the bar or restaurant area itself, this must be alongside a substantial meal and full table service must be provided.

Tiers 3 and 4

The following hospitality venues must close for consumption on their premises.

  • Restaurants; pubs; bars, including those in hotels or members’ clubs, and shisha bars; social clubs
  • Cafes and canteens, excluding those exempted below

These closed premises can continue to provide:

  • Food and drink on a takeaway basis between 5am and 11pm. This means that customers can enter the premises to place and collect their order. Food and drink can also be sold for delivery, and via click and collect where orders are made online, by telephone or by post; and drive through;
  • Food and drinks for delivery, via click and collect and drive through only between 11pm and 5am. Click-and-collect and delivery services can only operate where goods are pre-ordered (by phone, online, via a mobile app or by post) and collected without entering the premises. Venues offering click-and-collect or delivery services must not include alcoholic beverages if their license does not already permit.

Hospitality venues providing food and drink for consumption off the premises are not permitted to allow customers to consume from any adjacent seating to the premises (with the exception of motorway service areas, airports, seaports, and the international terminal at Folkestone).

Room service in hotels and other guest accommodation continues to be permitted as long as it is ordered by phone or online. Only cafes or canteens in premises below may remain open:

  • hospitals, care homes, or where necessary to safeguard health in extra care schemes
  • schools and providers of post-16 education and training, such as further education colleges
  • university accommodation, and on university campuses (where there is no practical alternative for staff and students to obtain food and alcohol is not served for consumption on the premises)
  • criminal justice accommodation and immigration detention centres
  • naval/military/airforce or MoD facilities
  • workplace canteens (where there is no practical alternative and alcohol is not served for consumption on the premises)

Services providing food and/or drink to people experiencing homelessness can also remain open.

Accommodation

Hotels, hostels and other holiday accommodation including (bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments, homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses, canal boats or any other vessels) can be open in tier 1 and 2.

Social contact rules must be adhered to in these venues.

Tiers 3 and 4

Hotels, hostels and other holiday accommodation including (bed and breakfast accommodation, holiday apartments, homes, cottages or bungalows, campsites, caravan parks or boarding houses, canal boats or any other vessels) must only open for a person, who:

  • is unable to return to their main residence
  • uses it as their main residence
  • needs it while moving house
  • needs it to attend a funeral, linked commemorative event or following a bereavement of a close family member or friend
  • is isolating themselves from others as required by law
  • is an elite athlete (or their coach or parent ) and needs it for training or competition
  • needs it for work purposes, or to provide voluntary or charitable serve
  • is homeless
  • was staying there when the area entered Tier 3 or 4
  • needs it to attend education or training
  • to visit a person who is dying
  • to care for a vulnerable person or seek respite from doing so
  • to attend a medical appointment or treatment

They can also open:

  • to enable voting, including in an overseas election
  • as a women’s refuge or a vulnerable person’s refuge
  • for any purpose requested by the Secretary of State, or a local authority
Tier 3

Businesses that are permitted to open in law are able to stay open within accommodation settings, such as a spa in a hotel.

Tier 4

Businesses and services that are permitted to continue in law must close or not take place within accommodation settings. For example, a wake cannot be held at a hotel.

Personal Care facilities and close contact services

Personal care facilities and close contact services are permitted to remain open across Tiers 1-3. This includes:

  • hair, beauty and nail salons
  • tattoo parlours
  • spas, saunas, steam rooms
  • massage centres
  • body and skin piercing services
  • tanning salons
Tier 4

Personal care facilities and close contact services must close. This includes:

  • hair, beauty and nail salons
  • tattoo parlours
  • spas, saunas, steam rooms
  • massage centres
  • body and skin piercing services
  • tanning salons

These venues may continue to sell retail goods (such as shampoo or beauty products) online or via click-and-collect.

Those who provide personal care services from a mobile setting including their own home, in other people’s homes and in retail environments (such as a concession in a larger, separate business) must also stop operating.

Those providing their services in a professional capacity as part of those sectors that remain open can continue to operate. For example, make-up artists in film and TV production, and on fashion shoots. However, these services cannot be carried out in premises required to close.

Entertainment and tourism

The following businesses must remain closed in all Tiers.

  • nightclubs, dance halls, and discotheques
  • sexual entertainment venues and hostess bars

The hospitality businesses in entertainment venues (such as casinos or bingo halls) are subject to the same rules in tier 1 and 2 as set out in the hospitality section.

Sports grounds, cinemas, bingo halls, arcades, theatres and concert halls (including grassroots music venues) are subject to the requirement to cease serving alcohol after 10pm.

The following businesses must close after 11pm:

  • casinos (table service only and last orders by 10pm)
  • museums
  • bowling alleys
  • adult gaming centres and amusement arcades
  • fun fairs, theme parks, adventure parks and activities
  • bingo halls
  • cinemas, theatres, concert halls and sports grounds (last orders by 10pm and must close by 11pm other than for the purposes of concluding a performance or event that started before 10pm)
Tier 3

The following venues must close:

  • indoor play areas (including soft play centres and areas, and inflatable parks)
  • Indoor skating rinks (except for professional dancers, elite sportspersons, disability sport, supervised activities for children, and education and training)
  • trampoline parks (except for disability sport, elite sportspersons, supervised activities for children and education and training) ,
  • casinos
  • bingo halls
  • bowling alleys
  • arcades and adult gaming centres
  • indoor games, recreation and entertainment venues (such as escape rooms and laser quest)
  • theatres and concert halls (except for drive-in, education and training, rehearsal or broadcasting a performance); cinemas (except for drive-in cinemas)
  • snooker and pool halls (except for elite sportspersons)
  • circuses

Indoor attractions at the following must close:

  • adventure playgrounds and parks, ziplining
  • theme parks, fun fairs and fairgrounds
  • water parks and aqua parks
  • zoos and safari parks
  • aquariums
  • visitor attractions at farms and other animal attractions
  • model villages
  • sculpture parks
  • museums and galleries (excluding retail galleries where the majority of the art is for sale)
  • botanical gardens
  • biomes or greenhouses
  • visitor attractions at film studios and heritage sites
  • landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms

This includes visitor centres at these attractions, but does not include toilets, or shops where they can be accessed separately to the indoor attractions.

Outdoor attractions and spaces at the following can remain open:

  • zoos and safari parks
  • aquariums
  • visitor attraction at farms, wildlife reserves and other animal attractions
  • skating rinks
  • museums and galleries
  • botanical gardens
  • biomes or greenhouses
  • model villages
  • visitor attractions at film studios and heritage sites
  • landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms
  • sculpture parks

Outdoor venues and attractions can remain open and can offer food and drink as a takeaway service.

Tier 4

The following venues must close:

  • indoor play areas (including soft play centres and areas, and inflatable parks)
  • trampoline parks (except for disability sport, elite sportspersons, supervised activities for children and education and training)
  • skating rinks (except for professional dancers and elite sportspersons)
  • adventure playgrounds and parks, ziplining
  • theme parks, fun fairs and fairgrounds)
  • water parks and aqua parks
  • zoos and safari parks
  • aquariums
  • visitor attractions at farms, wildlife centres and other animal attractions
  • model villages
  • museums and galleries
  • visitor attractions at film studios
  • casinos
  • bingo halls
  • bowling alleys
  • arcades, adult gaming centres, and betting shops
  • indoor games, recreation and entertainment venues (such as escape rooms and laser quest)
  • theatres and concert halls ( except for education and training, rehearsal or broadcasting a performance); cinemas . Drive-in cinemas, theatres and outdoor concert venues must also not operate.
  • snooker and pool halls (except for elite sportspersons)
  • circuses

Indoor attractions at the following must close but outdoor attractions and spaces can remain open:

  • sculpture parks
  • stately or historic homes, castles or other heritage sites
  • botanical gardens
  • biomes or greenhouses
  • landmarks including observation decks and viewing platforms

This includes visitor centres at these attractions, but does not include toilets, or shops (that are permitted to remain open) where they can be accessed separately to the indoor attractions.

Those outdoor venues and attractions that are permitted to remain open can offer food and drink as a takeaway service.

Performing arts

Tier 1

Performing arts venues can be open. This includes

  • theatres
  • concert halls
  • comedy venues
  • grassroots music venues (it cannot include a space for dancing)

Indoor audiences should be at maximum 50% capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is lower.

Outdoor audiences should be at maximum 50% capacity or 4,000 people, whichever is lower.

These venues must follow the restrictions on hospitality and early closure as outlined in the hospitality section.

Social contact limits apply – people should not mix in groups of more than 6 (other than with the people they live with or have formed a support bubble with).

Tier 2

Indoor audiences should be at maximum 50% capacity or 1,000 people, whichever is lower.

Outdoor audiences should be at maximum 50% capacity or 2,000 people, whichever is lower.

These venues must follow the restrictions on hospitality and early closure as outlined above.

Social contact limits apply – people should not mix with people they do not live with and have not formed a support bubble with.

Tier 3

Performing arts venues (apart from drive in cinemas, theatres, and concert venues) must be closed to the public. However theatres and concert halls can continue to be used for formal education and training, rehearsals, and performances without an audience for broadcast or recording purposes. These venues can also be used for the purposes of government pilots.

Tier 4

Performing arts venues must be closed to the public. This includes drive-in venues. However theatres and concert halls can continue to be used for formal education and training, rehearsals, and performances without an audience for broadcast or recording purposes. These venues can also be used for the purposes of government pilots.

Business events

Tier 1

Business meetings and events such as conferences, exhibitions, conventions, and consumer/trade shows should only take place where attendance is caped at 50% of the venue’s capacity or 4,000 people outdoors / 1,000 people indoors, whichever is lowest. This capacity refers to the total number of people per event and does not include venue staff. Multi-day events should not take place.

People can only mix in groups of more than 6 if an exemption applies – for example, if it is for work purposes.

Tier 2

Business meetings and events such as conferences, exhibitions, conventions, and consumer/trade shows should only take place where attendance is capped at 50% of the venue’s capacity or 2,000 people outdoors / 1,000 people indoors, whichever is lowest. This capacity refers to the total number of people per event and does not include venue staff. Multi-day events should not take place.

People must not mix with people they do not live with and have not formed a support bubble with, unless if an exemption applies – for example, if it is for work purposes.

Tier 3

Conference centres and exhibition halls must remain closed for conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, private dining or banqueting events.

Large business events such as conferences, exhibitions and trade shows are not permitted.

Smaller business meetings are advised against, but where necessary that they go ahead in person, they should be limited to a total of 30 people. For example, for the purposes of work that cannot be done at home, if social distancing can be maintained and the venue can demonstrate it has followed the COVID-19 guidance.

Event spaces, including in conference centres and exhibition halls, can be used for reasons permitted by law, including for business events of up to 30 where reasonably necessary, for education and training purposes where reasonably necessary, or to provide socially beneficial public services such as Nightingale hospitals or food banks. People can only mix between households if an exemption applies – for example, if it is for work purposes, or voluntary or charitable purposes. Conference centres and exhibition halls must remain closed for conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, private dining or banqueting events.

Tier 4

Conference centres and exhibition halls must remain closed for conferences, exhibitions, trade shows, private dining or banqueting events.

Large business events such as conferences, exhibitions and trade shows are not permitted.

Business meetings for work, training or education purposes can still take place but only where the event cannot be delayed, where it is not possible to carry out the activity from home, and if social distancing can be maintained and the venue can demonstrate it has followed COVID-19 guidance.

Event spaces, including in conference centres and exhibition halls, can also be used for education and training purposes where reasonably necessary, or to provide socially beneficial public services such as Nightingale hospitals or food banks. People can only mix between households if an exemption applies – for example, if it is for work purposes, or voluntary or charitable purposes.

Sports and leisure

All sports and leisure facilities can open. This includes:

  • gyms
  • sports courts
  • dance studios and fitness studios
  • swimming pools
  • golf courses and driving ranges
  • archery venues
  • riding arenas in riding centres

Hospitality venues in these facilities must follow the hospitality rules set out in the hospitality section above.

Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. Indoor exercise classes and organised sport will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing in groups larger than 6 or a single household. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s.

Tier 2

All sports and leisure facilities can open. This includes:

  • gyms
  • sports courts
  • dance studios and fitness studios
  • swimming pools
  • golf courses and driving ranges
  • archery venues
  • riding arenas at riding centres

Hospitality venues in these facilities must follow the hospitality rules set out in the hospitality section.

Exercise classes and organised sport can continue to take place outdoors. Indoor exercise classes and organised sport will only be permitted if it is possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with or they are not in a support bubble with. There are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s.

Tier 3

All sports and leisure facilities can open. This includes:

  • gyms
  • sports courts
  • dance studios and fitness studios
  • swimming pools
  • golf courses and driving ranges
  • archery venues
  • riding arenas at riding centres

This does not include skating rinks, indoor play, and water parks and aqua parks; which must close their indoor attractions as set out under the entertainment section.

Exercise classes can continue to take place outdoors where social contact rules are followed. Organised sports can continue to take place outdoors, however you should avoid contact in training and, for some sports, avoid contact in all activities. Find out what this means for your sport.

However, exercise classes and organised sport should not take place indoors, although there are exceptions for indoor disability sport, sport for educational purposes, elite sports and supervised sport and physical activity for under-18s.

Tier 4

Indoor sports and leisure facilities must close. This includes:

  • indoor gyms
  • indoor sports courts
  • dance studios and fitness studios
  • indoor swimming pools
  • indoor driving and shooting ranges
  • indoor archery venues
  • indoor riding arenas at riding centres

Outdoor sports and facilities may remain open. This includes:

  • outdoor gyms
  • outdoor playgrounds
  • outdoor sports courts
  • outdoor swimming pools
  • golf courses and outdoor driving ranges
  • outdoor shooting ranges and archery venues

Outdoor elements at riding centresIndoor sport and exercise classes must not go ahead unless it is fitness activity for disabled persons, is part of formal education or training, or is a supervised activity for children. Exercise classes can continue to go ahead in public outdoor spaces (such as parks or sports courts), but must only take place one-on-one unless everyone is in the same household or support bubble.

Organised sports can only continue to take place outdoors for disabled persons, for educational purposes, and for under-18s. Contact in training and activities, and for some sports, should be avoided. Find out what this means for your sport.

Any other outdoor sport must adhere to social contact rules. For instance, you could play basketball on an outdoor sports court within your household, your support bubble, or one-on-one with a person from another household. Personal trainer sessions can also continue, but only in a public outdoor place (such as a park or sports facilities) and must follow the same social contact rules.

Exercise classes and organised sport must not take place indoors unless it is sport for educational purposes, or constitutes supervised activities for children.

Other venues subject to restrictions

The following facilities can open in all Tiers, but may face restrictions on the activity they host:

  • places of worship (communal worship is permitted in all tiers, but social contact rules must be adhered to)
  • burial grounds and crematoria
  • libraries, community centres, town and village halls
  • recycling and waste centres
  • car parks and public toilets

In Tiers 1-3, libraries, community centres, town and village halls may remain open, but face restrictions on the activities they can host in Tier 3.

Tier 3

Group events should not take place in libraries, community centres or halls unless there’s a specific legal exemption to the social contact rules such as for support groups, parent and child groups, or supervised activities for children.

Tier 4

Libraries, community centres, town and village halls must close but may open their premises for specific purposes.

Libraries
  • click-and-collect services, for example to borrow books or DVDs, so long as customers do not enter the premises.
  • click-and-collect services, for example to borrow books or DVDs, so long as customers do not enter the premises.
  • delivery services. For example, for no/low contact home library service, dropping material off to those who are unable to attend the premises. This also covers school library services, dropping project boxes off to schools.
  • providing digital access to public services. This includes allowing someone to complete a job application.
  • the purposes of formal education or training
  • support groups
  • registered childcare
Community facilities (community centres and town and parish halls)
  • the purposes of formal education or training
  • support groups
  • registered childcare or supervised activities for children
  • wedding ceremonies, funerals and wakes (numerical limits must be adhered to)

2. What can be done in businesses that are closed

As well as specific exemptions as set out in their relevant section, any closed premises can open for the purposes of:

  • providing essential voluntary or public services (including the provision of food banks or other support to the homeless or vulnerable, hosting blood donation sessions, or support in an emergency)
  • making a film, television programme, audio programme or audio-visual advertisement
  • voting or related activities (except for in closed shops)
  • enabling access by the site owners or managers, staff or people authorised by them (including volunteers) for maintenance where this is reasonably necessary. This may include exhibit maintenance, animal or plant feeding, or repairs. Other work to ensure readiness to open, such as receiving deliveries of supplies, may also go ahead

Support groups as well as parent and child groups cannot meet in businesses that are closed to the public unless where a specific exemption is listed above.

3. Operating in a COVID-Secure manner

Businesses and venues are required under health and safety legislation to follow the appropriate COVID-19 Secure guidance for their sector.

Please see links to sector-specific guidance on ensuring businesses and venues permitted to open can operate safely, and so that businesses and venues that are closed can prepare to reopen safely when legally permitted to do so.

This guidance will help you operate a safe workplace for those who are not able to work from home, and help you plan for reopening in the future.

All businesses should demonstrate to their workers and attendees that they have properly assessed their risk and taken appropriate measures to mitigate it, for example by publishing their risk assessment online or making it available at the premises/event.

Businesses and venues must also take reasonable steps to ensure that social contact rules are followed within their venues.

In particular, those operating venues or running events following COVID-19 Secure guidelines should take additional steps to ensure the safety of the public. This includes taking reasonable steps to prevent large gatherings of people which risk a breakdown of social distancing rules.

There will be some situations where social distancing is not possible. This is likely to occur between very young children, who will find preserving consistent distance more challenging. Where it is not possible for young children to maintain social distancing, it is even more important that businesses implement other protective measures, such as frequent cleaning and handwashing.

Individual businesses or venues should also consider the cumulative impact of many venues reopening in a small area. This means working with local authorities, neighbouring businesses and travel operators to assess this risk and applying additional mitigations.

These could include:

  • staggering entry times with other venues and taking steps to avoid queues building up in surrounding areas
  • arranging one-way travel routes between transport hubs and venues
  • advising patrons to avoid particular forms of transport or routes and to avoid crowded areas when in transit to the venue

Local authorities are responsible for permitting or prohibiting large organised outdoor events from taking place in their local area. See further guidance on large outdoor events.

4. Employer duties for self-isolation

Employers must not knowingly require or encourage someone who is being required to self-isolate to leave their designated area of self-isolation. See working safely guidance.

In the case of agency workers, agents must notify the employer, and the employer must notify an organisation to which the agency worker has been supplied.

In order to support businesses in meeting these obligations, a self-isolating worker or agency worker must notify their employer (or agency worker where applicable) as soon as is reasonably practical, as well as the start and end dates of their isolation period. Any failure by an employee to notify their employer is an offence.

5. Face coverings

In England, customers and visitors over the age of 10 must wear a face covering in a number of indoor settings.

6. Compliance and enforcement

The government cannot provide comments on individual cases of whether or not a business is permitted to open. It is for each business to assess whether they are a business required to close having considered the guidance and Regulations.

An owner, proprietor or manager carrying out a business (or a person responsible for other premises) who fails to fulfil the obligations placed on them in law, without reasonable excuse, commits an offence.

In England, Environmental Health and Trading Standards officers will monitor compliance with these regulations, with police support provided if appropriate.

Businesses and venues that breach restrictions will potentially be subject to a:

  • Fixed Penalty Notice (fine) starting at £1,000 for the first offence and rising to £10,000 upon repeat offences
  • Coronavirus Improvement Notice (which will require a minimum of 48 hours for a business to introduce necessary measures)
  • Coronavirus Immediate Restriction Notice (which will impose the immediate closure or restriction of an activity within premises for a 48 hour period where rapid action is needed)
  • Coronavirus Restriction Notice and Prohibition Notice (which will require the closure or restriction of an activity for a 7 day period)

It is also an offence, without reasonable excuse to fail to comply with a notice, this may result in a fine, or where necessary court proceedings, with magistrates able to impose potentially unlimited fines.

Please see further guidance for more information on Coronavirus Improvement and Restriction Notices.

Local authorities and the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care also have the power to place restrictions on or close premises where they assess that they pose a serious and imminent threat to public health where this is necessary and proportionate to manage the spread of COVID-19 in the local authority’s area. See more information on these powers.

Individuals can also be issued with a fixed penalty notice, starting at £200 for those who participate in illegal gatherings. The police also have the power to take action against those holding or being involved in the holding of an illegal gathering of more than 30 people. This includes issuing a fixed penalty notice of £10,000.

7. Business support

Businesses which are forced to close will receive up to £1,500 per 2-week closure period, depending on their rateable value.

Local authorities which were subject to restrictions on socialising between 1 August and 5 November received additional funding through the Local Restrictions Support Grant (Open), so that they could make grants of up to £2,100 per month to hospitality, leisure and accommodation businesses which were able to remain open during that period but which experienced a severe reduction in demand due to restrictions on socialising, such as a ban on indoor household mixing. Local authorities which are still subject to these restrictions following the end of the national lockdown will continue to receive LRSG (Open) funding worth up to £1050 per hospitality, leisure, and accommodation business for each 2 week period.

Local Authorities in England have also received a one-off £1.1 billion total payment through the Additional Restrictions Grant. This funding is for additional business support to complement the Local Restrictions Support Grant schemes for closed and affected businesses. Local authorities have significant discretion as to how they use the ARG funding for business support.

For more information please visit the government’s business support page.

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has been extended until the end of April 2021 and is available for all eligible firms across the UK. So far, the CJRS has helped 1.2 million employers across the UK furlough 9.6 million jobs, protecting people’s livelihoods (as of 18 October 2020).

8. Business rates

In England, as announced on 16 March 2020, the government will provide a business rates holiday for businesses and venues in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors. This includes the businesses and venues in scope for closure listed above. All eligible businesses in the retail, hospitality and leisure sectors will pay no business rates in England for 12 months from 1 April 2020, and nurseries in England will also receive a 1-year holiday. There is no rateable value threshold on this support – businesses large and small will benefit.

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